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India begins exporting the Covid-19 vaccine to Brazil and Morocco | India News

NEW DELHI: India will begin commercial shipments of Covid-19 vaccines to Brazil and Morocco today, followed by Saudi Arabia and South Africa, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi tries to polish his credentials as a key global leader.
“There is great international demand for our vaccines,” Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla told Bloomberg TV in an interview. “We expect more global players to cooperate with their Indian counterparts in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. This is likely to go beyond moving parts of the supply chains to India. We look forward to seeing collaborations, manufacturing and R&D in this field. ”
Last year, the Prime Minister had said that India’s vaccine delivery and manufacturing capacity “would be used to help all of humanity fight the Covid-19 pandemic and, in keeping with this vision, we have responded positively to requests for supply of vaccines made in India from countries around the world, ”said Shringla.
Brazil has the third-largest coronavirus epidemic in the world, behind India and the US, and has belatedly started its vaccination campaign, behind its Latin American peers, including Mexico and Argentina.
India started the deployment of the national coronavirus vaccine on January 16 using a combination of Covishield from Serum Institute of India Ltd, an injection developed by AstraZeneca Plc, and a locally produced inoculation developed by Bharat Biotech International Ltd.
“Of course, we have to keep in mind that our external commitments must be calibrated against existing production capacity and the requirements of our own immunization campaign,” Shringla said.

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