Bloomberg reported that India, one of the world's largest manufacturers of inoculations, plans to offer 20 million doses of coronavirus vaccine to its neighbors as it draws up a policy to supply vials to countries across the globe.
India has already permitted the use of jabs developed by AstraZeneca with Oxford University and another vaccine by Bharat Biotech.
India is to commence supplying the coronavirus vaccine to Sri Lanka and other countries. Indian and Brazilian authorities are working to ensure all necessary clearances, sources said. The document addresses a wide range of frequently asked questions, including the risk and benefits of its vaccine to what one should do if they develop side effects after taking the shots. Other manufacturing countries like China and Russian Federation were also interested in providing vaccines to Nepal but due to climatic conditions, pricing, logistic facility and ease of import, Nepal preferred the Indian Covid vaccine. In October, he joked on Twitter that vaccination would be required only for his dog.
The Ministry of External Affairs' official spokesperson Anurag Srivastava, however, said that supplying vaccines to other countries "may take some time".
In New Delhi, meanwhile, with Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka also looking at India, officials said the country's low-priced vaccine could turn out to be part of its "vaccine diplomacy".
The department had two days ago called for the registration of vaccines to be used for emergency use.
Prime Minister Modi will launch the pan-India rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination drive on January 16 at 10:30 AM via video conferencing.
India said on Thursday that it is now reviewing the production schedule and availability of corona vaccine and it may take some time to take a decision on its supply to other countries.