India to export vaccine “within a few weeks”: BBC
Published: 10:01 AM, 6 January 2021 Updated: 04:32 PM, 6 January 2021
The Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine; File Photo
The Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, manufactured in India, will be exported “within a few weeks”, the BBC reported citing the country’s foreign ministry official.
This information was given in a report of the international news media BBC on Tuesday night.
The Indian foreign ministry official told the British media outlet that India’s government was still committed to vaccinating “neighboring countries”.
“Within 15 days of the vaccine being rolled out in India, Covid-19 vaccine will be allowed to be exported to several neighboring countries in South Asia,” he said, informing that some of these vaccines will be given as “gifts”. The rest of the vaccine will be exported at the price at which the Indian government buys it.
“As the world’s largest vaccine producer, India is fully aware of its neighbors as well as its global commitments,” the official told the BBC.
The Indian foreign ministry official hoped that the Indian nationals would be vaccinated in mid-January.
Meanwhile, the confusion over the statement of Adar Poonawalla, CEO of the Serum Institute of India, has come to an end. Yesterday, the Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Kumar Doraiswami shared a social media post by Adar Poonawalla and clarified that the country does not have any ban on vaccine exports.
According to the BBC, citing the Serum Institute, India will be able to export the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and Morocco within a few weeks.