Due to the rapid increase in cases of corona infection, the Government of India has decided to intensify the campaign of vaccination. All people over 45 years of age are to be vaccinated from 1 April. Other people may come soon after this. Apart from this, the government will no longer export the Corona vaccine so that the vaccination can take place in the country at a rapid pace. Sources familiar with the matter said on the condition of anonymity that there will be no ban on exports, but only after meeting domestic requirements, vaccines will be supplied to other countries. Apart from this, the decision of export will also depend on the rapid production of vaccines in the future.
A source said, “We have supplied the corona vaccine cormally to countries around the world and will continue to do so in the future as well.” All commercial deals and export commitments from other countries will be respected. At present, the priority of the government is to get more and more people vaccinated in the country. Vaccine production in India will increase in the coming days. In addition, some vaccines can be approved for use in emergency. In such a situation, after about two months, the government will review the export decision.
Learn why the government has decided to reduce exports
There are several factors behind the reduction in vaccine exports. One reason for this is that the corona cases have increased rapidly since mid-February. Apart from this, a decision has been taken to vaccinate all the people above 45 years of age from 1 April. In addition, the rapid emergence of double mutation virus has also fueled the crisis. At present, the number of corona cases in the country has crossed 11.7 million. At present, the number of active cases is close to 4 lakhs. On Wednesday, more than 53 thousand corona cases have been reported across the country. In Mumbai alone, 5,190 new cases have been found. India ranks third in terms of corona infection after the US and Brazil.
Vaccine manufacturers also said, will give priority to India first
Vaccine manufacturers have also indicated that the focus is on meeting domestic needs first. On February 21, Adar Poonawala, CEO of Serum Institute of India, tweeted, ‘Dear countries and governments. All of you are waiting for the supply of the Kovishield vaccine, but be patient. The Serum Institute is focusing on India’s greater need first. Along with this, they are also taking care of the needs of the rest of the world. We are doing everything possible on our behalf.
60 million doses supplied to countries around the world
So far, India has supplied 60 million doses of Corona vaccine to many countries of the world. Of these, 8.5 million doses have been provided as aid, while 34 million doses have been supplied commercially. According to the Foreign Ministry website, the vaccine was last sent on March 18 to Namibia and Bolivia on March 18. India’s move will also impact the WHO-backed COVAX facility, through which 180 countries around the world are hoping to get the vaccine.