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As Vaccine Maitri resumes, India exports COVID-19 vaccine doses to Myanmar, Nepal, Bangladesh, Iran

According to sources, Myanmar, Nepal, and Bangladesh received ten lakh doses of Covishield each, while Iran received three lakh doses of Covaxin, ANI report stated.

As Vaccine Maitri resumes, India exports COVID-19 vaccine doses to Myanmar, Nepal, Bangladesh, Iran-dnm
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New Delhi, First Published Oct 10, 2021, 4:20 PM IST
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Under the ‘Vaccine Maitri’ programme, India has exported Covid-19 vaccine doses to Myanmar, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Iran.

According to sources, Myanmar, Nepal, and Bangladesh received ten lakh doses of Covishield each, while Iran received three lakh doses of Covaxin, ANI report stated.

Earlier, on September 20, the Government of India had announced its decision to resume the export of vaccines against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) from October.

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya announcing the decision said India will resume the export of Covid-19 vaccines under its 'Vaccine Maitri' initiative to fulfil the country's commitment towards COVAX.

The government had permitted Serum Institute of India (SII) to export 10 lakh Covishield doses each to Nepal, Myanmar and Bangladesh, while Bharat Biotech will provide Iran with 10 lakh doses of Covaxin.

The Pune-based pharma company SII has also been allowed to supply bulk Covishield vaccine, which is equivalent to around 3 crore doses, to AstraZeneca in the UK, they told PTI.

Also read: Coronavirus: India logs 18,166 new COVID-19 cases, active cases lowest in over 200 days

Meanwhile, Colombia has been looking forward to obtain Covid vaccines from India.

Colombia's ambassador to India Mariana Pacheco on Saturday said that her country was looking forward to obtaining vaccines from India for the country's refugee population.

As per Ambassador Pacheco, Colombia has over two million Venezuelan refugees, who are eager to receive the Indian vaccination through the Covax programme. She also praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam initiative.

Mariana said, "In the meantime, we get technology transfer and we can finish off the deals with pharma companies in India for production of vaccine in Columbia. We look forward to getting vaccines from India especially for the refugee population in Columbia."

The Indian government's generosity and openness, as well as Indian centres of excellence, colleges, and pharmaceutical businesses, are amazing. They adhere to Prime Minister Modi's one-family philosophy, and it is for this reason that they are here, not just for the benefit of India or Columbians, but for the sake of humanity, ambassador further stated. 

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