New Delhi, 14 October
The Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday that coronavirus vaccines have been sent to Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Iran in accordance with the government’s decision to resume their supply.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the government initially decided to send supplies to the neighbourhood.
India, the world’s largest producer of vaccines overall, suspended exports of Covid-19 vaccines in April to focus on vaccinating its population following a sudden spike in infections.
Last month, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya announced that India would resume supplies abroad.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently said at the United Nations General Assembly that India will resume the supply of coronavirus vaccines. We have decided to start with the neighborhood,” said Bagchi.
“As far as I know, vaccines have already gone to Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Iran. We are continuously monitoring and reviewing the situation,” he said.
Bagchi said the decision on further supply would be based on India’s production and demand.
“We will decide on the further supply based on our production and demand,” he said. PTI