India Resumes COVID-19 Vaccine Exports

Vaccines against the coronavirus have been sent to Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Iran in accordance with the government’s decision to resume supplies, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said the government initially decided to send the supplies to the neighborhood.

India, the world’s largest vaccine producer overall, suspended COVID-19 vaccine exports in April to focus on inoculating its own population following a sudden rise in infections.

Last month, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya announced that India would resume overseas supplies.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently told the United Nations General Assembly that India will resume the supply of coronavirus vaccines. We decided to start with the neighborhood, ”Bagchi said.

“As far as I know, vaccines have already gone to Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Iran. We are constantly monitoring and reviewing the situation, ”he said.

Bagchi said the decision on additional supplies will be based on production and demand from India.

“We will decide on other supplies depending on our production and demand,” he said.