India, big vaccine exporter, now seeks imports as Covid cases soar
NEW DELHI: India is to fast-track emergency approvals for Covid-19 vaccines that have been authorised by Western countries and Japan, paving the way for possible imports of Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna shots.
India has the biggest vaccine manufacturing capacity in the world and had exported tens of millions of doses before its own demand skyrocketed and led to a shortage in some states.
India’s health ministry said vaccines authorised by the World Health Organisation or authorities in the United States, Europe, the United Kingdom and Japan “may be granted emergency use approval in India, mandating the requirement of post-approval parallel bridging clinical trial”.
“If any of these regulators have approved a vaccine, the vaccine is now ready to be brought into the country for use, manufacture and fill-and-finish,” Vinod Kumar Paul, a senior government health official, told a news conference.
“We hope and we invite the vaccine makers such as Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and others ... to be ready to come to India as early as possible.” Pfizer said it would work towards bringing its vaccine to India after withdrawing its application in February.
They want to buy vaccines that fare better against the new mutations.
India helped many countries when they were badly in need of vaccine. A lot of diplomatic rapport and credit were secured.
So the vaccine India made is a lemon , it does not protect against mutations.
Another blunder by Modi. He now begs for vaccines which could have been avoided had he chosen his own citizens health over monetary benefits early on.
Everyone knows the reason why disguised Indians escape to waste time here all day. Realities in India are too grim to face.
India cases 169000 and no second dose for many people. Indian government again have no idea what to do
Exports will be restricted in favour of domestic consumption.
Which three countries have the most polio cases?
Too much international demand for your products is a good problem to have.
Bangladesh so far receives over 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from India (1/3rd as a gift). Bangladesh also has ordered 30 million doses of the COVISHIELD vaccine from the Serum Institute of India.
Current vaccine manufacturing setup in India was not ready for such huge demand hence other companies would be allowed to setup manufacturing in India beside global giants like SII. Indians will have many choices for vaccine unlike some other countries who are totally relying on mercy of others.
Mark my words...within months after PMIK is out of power the next regime is going to accuse him of hiding the Covid numbers.
Despite the largest producer of vaccines India decided to import vaccines to fullfil it's vast requirements. But here one country is waiting for free vaccines. Compare how both countries are treating their citizens.
Boycott if you can
By your logic, Spain should be boycotted first for the Spanish flu that killed far more across the world. Britain should be boycotted for the black deaths it caused.
INDIA needs law enforcement not vaccines!!
Just bath well and drink Ganges water.. Cure of almost all diseases incl corona :)
India needs to import at least 1.5 Billion vaccines.
There is a huge difference...India has the money to import vaccines unlike some countries.
Don’t make it sound like India was giving away free vaccine to other countries, India was getting paid,