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India allows export of 1.0m AstraZeneca vaccine to Bangladesh

  • New Delhi Correspondent
  • 7th October, 2021 11:48:16 PM
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The Serum Institute of India has been allowed by the country’s government to send 1.0 million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to Bangladesh, according to the local media.

The company can also send 1.0 million doses of the vaccine, called COVISHIELD, to Nepal and Myanmar each under the Vaccine Maitri programme, Times of India reported.

The government also allowed state-owned Bharat Biotech to send 1.0 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, Covaxin, to Iran, according to the report.

India last month decided to resume vaccine exports in October “in the context of the current inoculation totals achieved in India's current vaccination drive and the scaling-up of production in the country”.

The Indian High Commission in Dhaka said on Sept 20 Bangladesh will be among the first to get vaccine doses from India when the exports resume.

India, the world's biggest maker of vaccines, stopped exports of COVID shots in April to focus on inoculating its own population as infections exploded.