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India to send Covishield vaccine to Bangladesh: Shringla

  • GAUTAM LAHIRI
  • 21st September, 2021 11:01:10 PM
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India to send Covishield vaccine to Bangladesh: Shringla

New Delhi: India will soon start export of Covishield vaccine first to neighbouring countries, including Bangladesh.

On the eve of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first ever US visit, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla came up with the development in a press briefing on Tuesday.

He said vaccine production in India has been doubled from 125 million doses to 300 million doses daily.

Already 800 million people have been vaccinated so far. Everyday day half a million people are being vaccinated now.

“We understand majority of Indian people will be vaccinated within next month. It’s significant achievement.”

Indian Health minister Mansukh Mandaviya announced India will start vaccine export from October.

Shringla also said as the production of vaccine has increased now and India has sufficient vaccine for export. The surplus vaccine will be exported to neighbouring countries from next month.

The announcement on resumption of exports comes before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States Wednesday where vaccines are likely to be discussed at a summit of the leaders of the Quad countries – the US, India, Japan and Australia.

Earlier, Bangladesh received at least 3.3 million doses of vaccine under the grant and a commercial agreement between Serum Institute of India and Beximco of Bangladesh. As pandemic in India rose to a alarming level, it stopped exporting vaccine to foreign country including Bangladesh.