India is now emerging as the World’s leading drugmakers. India will start COVID vaccine exports from today (20th January), this will defiantly be good news for many countries that are not much strong economically. India’s drug regulatory authority, The Central Drugs Standards Control Organization (CDSCO) has approved two coronavirus vaccines:-
- Covishield, developed by AstraZeneca & Oxford University.
- Covaxin, India’s home-grown vaccine from Bharat Biotech.
Why Covishield from AstraZeneca & Oxford University is in high demand?
India will start exporting COVID-19 vaccines from today (20th January), this will defiantly be good news for many countries that are not much strong economically. Covishield vaccine developed by AstraZencea & Oxford University is widely viewed as the best option worldwide. As it can be stored easily in the refrigerator for up to 30 days between temperature 2-8 degree Celsius, unlike another vaccine that requires very low temperature for storage.
WHO’s emergency authorisation for the Astra-Oxford vaccine will allow Serum Institute of India (SII) to begin the supply of the vaccine under the WHO-backed “COVAX INITIATIVE”.
6 Countries in India’s priority list, for Covid Vaccine Exports
India has received a request from almost all neighbouring countries for Covid vaccine. According to the Officials from the foreign ministry, Bhutan & Maldives will be the first two countries where the first lot of Covid vaccine will be shipped to. The foreign ministry officials also stated that Nepal, Bangladesh, Seychelles & Myanmar will also be kept in top priority list to receive the shipments for Covid vaccine in coming weeks.
The foreign ministry of Bangladesh said that they are expecting to receive the shipment of 2 million Covid Vaccine on Thursday (21st January). Pakistan is the only neighbouring country that should not expect any sort of shipment from India as for now, the reason behind this according to the foreign ministry of India is that they have not received any request for Vaccine export-import from Pakistan.
What India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has to say for Covid Vaccine Exports?
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the world with his tweet- India is deeply honoured to be a “long-trusted” partner in meeting the healthcare needs of the global community and that supplies of the vaccines to several countries will commence on Wednesday, and more will follow in the days ahead.
India is deeply honoured to be a long-trusted partner in meeting the healthcare needs of the global community. Supplies of Covid vaccines to several countries will commence tomorrow, and more will follow in the days ahead. #VaccineMaitri https://t.co/9Czfkuk8h7
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 19, 2021
During the Coronavirus Pandemic India has exported Hydroxychloroquine, remdesivir tablets, PPEs, ventilators etc. to number of countries to help them so that they can deal with the situation.