World Health Organization (WHO) has welcomed India’s decision to resume the export and donations of excess vaccines from next month.
The Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya received a message in this regard from WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, this morning . India which has earned the title of pharmacy of the world is the biggest maker of vaccines overall – put a brake on vaccine exports in April to focus on inoculating its own population .
The resumption of exports deliberations come ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington where vaccines are likely to be discussed at a summit of the leaders of the Quad countries – the United States, India, Japan and Australia.
The Health Minister said that the renewed export drive, known as ‘Vaccine Maitri’, will prioritise the global vaccine-sharing platform COVAX and neighbouring countries first policy .
India’s monthly vaccine output, Mr Madaviya said, has more than doubled since April and is set to quadruple to over 300 million doses next month.