Vaccine Maitri: Government to resume vax exports from October

Only excess doses to be exported | 100 cr production expected in 3 months

Vaccine Maitri: Government to resume vax exports from October

Beneficiaries register for vaccination at a hospital in Jalandhar. PTI

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 20

India will resume Covid-19 vaccine exports in the fourth quarter of 2021 starting October this year, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya announced on Monday, in a major policy shift from April this year when exports were banned to meet domestic requirements.

Also read: US Congressman welcomes India's decision to resume export of surplus Covid vaccine

WHO to take call on Covaxin on Oct 6

Over 60% vaccinated with one dose, 20% covered with both

Citing massive ramp-up on the vaccine production front with 30 crore doses expected in October, Mandaviya said ‘Vaccine Maitri’ would be resumed starting October and only excess doses would be exported.

On the expected production in the coming months, the Minister said more than 30 crore doses would be produced in October and more than 100 crore were expected in the last three months of the year as Biological E too would begin its production.

The Minister said not only would India “help other countries with Covid vaccines starting the last quarter this year, it would also fulfil the commitment towards COVAX, the global vaccine initiative, in line with the motto of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”. COVAX is co-led by Gavi, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the World Health Organisation.

“We will receive 30 crore vaccines and may be more in October once Biological E begins production and the surplus supply of vaccines will be used to fulfil our commitment towards the world for the collective fight against Covid-19,” said the Minister.

Mandaviya said in September alone, 26 crore doses would be received from indigenous vaccine makers.

Highlighting the importance of indigenous research and production of Covid vaccines in India, Mandaviya said it was due to the relentless efforts and guidance of PM Narendra Modi that India was simultaneously undertaking research and development and production of Covid vaccines in line with the global developments.

“India’s vaccination drive has been a role model for the entire world and it is marching ahead with great speed,” the minister said.

UK Covid travel norms racist, says Tharoor

New Delhi: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Monday declined an invitation from the Cambridge Union debating society over what he described as “racist” Covid-related travel regulations in the UK. He also pulled out from events to launch the UK edition of his book, “The Battle of Belonging”. Former minister Jairam Ramesh also slammed the UK travel rules under which Indians vaccinated with Covishield would still be treated as unvaccinated. TNS

US to ease curbs for visitors from Nov

Washington: The US on Monday announced a new international travel system under which fully vaccinated individuals would be allowed to enter the country from November. This essentially also lifts the travel ban on countries like India that former President Donald Trump had imposed in 2020. PTI

  • 30,256 India cases
  • TOTAL DEATHS: 4,45,133
  • ACTIVE CASES 3,18,181
  • UK begins vax rollout for schoolchildren

Tribune Shorts

Top Stories

Army chief General MM Naravane visits forward areas along LoC in Jammu

Army chief General MM Naravane visits forward areas along LoC in Jammu

Naravane arrived in Jammu on a two-day visit on Monday amid ...

China has increased its military exercises facing India’s eastern sector, says army commander

China has increased its military exercises facing India’s eastern sector, says army commander

Lt Gen Manoj Pande was interacting with a group of mediapers...

Nihang chief Baba Aman Singh may have been part of efforts to end stir

Nihang chief Baba Aman Singh may have been part of efforts to end stir

He had no role in negotiations with farmers: Tomar’s staff

Priyanka announces 40% tickets to women in UP polls

Priyanka announces 40% tickets to women in UP polls

Any woman who wants to contest can give an application till ...

Cities

View All