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Export of Vaccine from India to other Nations

A sub-Group of the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 was constituted to consider all matters related to vaccine export of COVID-19 vaccines and take necessary decisions with due regard to domestic production and ensuring adequate availability for the national vaccine programme for COVID-19. This Sub-Group closely monitors the supplies.

External supplies of Made-in-India COVID19 vaccines started w.e.f. 20.01.2021. Supplies have been undertaken in the form of “Grants-in-aid”, commercial sales by the manufacturers and through GAVI’s COVAX facility. GAVI’s COVAX facility has more than 190 members including India. Country-wise details for supply of vaccines till 17 March 2021 are enclosed. More than 7.47 crore vaccine doses have been supplied to Stats/UTs within the country so far.

Once an epidemic takes form of a pandemic, its management has to be done keeping the entire globe as unit and in most circumstances, it is not possible to take either States-specific or country-specific approach. Hence, export of COVID-19 vaccine which facilitates global action to vaccination is important to simultaneously protect the high-risk population in all the countries of the world, thereby breaking the chain of transmission and minimizing chances of import of COVID-19 cases from foreign countries as well as neighbouring countries to India.

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