India sends 22.9 mn doses of Covid-19 vaccines to foreign nations, more in the pipeline
While 64.7 lakh doses have been given as a grant, 165 lakh doses have been supplied to various countries on a commercial basis
India has sent more than 22.9 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to the global community and has plans to cover more countries in a phased manner in the coming weeks.
"As of date, we have supplied a total of 229.7 lakh doses to the global community," Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said in a media briefing on Friday.
“We will continue to take forward the global vaccine supply initiative and cover more countries in a phased manner. In the coming weeks, vaccines will be supplied to more countries in Africa, Latin America, CARICOM, and Pacific Island states,” he said.
Other than the 64.7 lakh doses supplied as a grant, 165 lakh doses have been supplied by India to various countries on a commercial basis.
The following countries have received supplies as gifts: Bangladesh (20 lakhs), Myanmar (17 lakhs), Nepal (10 lakhs), Bhutan (1.5 lakhs), Maldives (1 lakh), Mauritius (1 lakh), Seychelles (50,000), Sri Lanka (5 lakhs), Bahrain (1 lakh), Oman (1 lakh), Afghanistan (5 lakhs), Barbados (1 lakh) and Dominica (70,000).
The countries which have received the vaccine on a commercial basis are Brazil (20 lakhs), Morocco (60 lakhs), Bangladesh (50 lakhs), Myanmar (20 lakhs), Egypt (50,000), Algeria (50,000), South Africa (10 lakhs), Kuwait (10 lakhs), and UAE (2 lakhs).
Meanwhile, Srivastava declined to go into specifics on whether India will also provide vaccines to Canada, whose Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had taken up the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a phone call on Wednesday.
“Decisions on these supplies will, of course, be calibrated as per domestic production and the requirements of the national vaccination program,” Srivastava said.