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25 countries in queue for ‘Made in India’ vaccine, says S Jaishankar

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India has so far supplied Covid- 19 vaccine to fifteen countries and another 25 nations are within the queue at different levels for the jab, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said here on Saturday.

He said there are three categories of nations which are keen to urge the vaccine from India- poor, price sensitive nations and other countries which directly affect pharmaceutical companies that make the antidote.

“I think immediately we’ve already supplied to about 15 countries (as per my recollection). i might say there would be another about 25 countries which are at different stages within the pipeline. But what it’s done is today it’s put India on the map of the planet ,” Jaishankar told reporters during a news conference .

The minister said some poor countries are being supplied the vaccine on a grant basis while some nations wanted it on par with the worth that the Indian Government pays to the vaccine makers.

Some countries have directcontractswith the Indian vaccine producing companies and have negotiated commercially, he said.

The Centre has already given the nod for 2 Covid-19 vaccines– Covaxin of city-based Bharat Biotech and Covishield of Oxford, being manufactured by Serum Institute of India in Pune, which are being administered to frontline workers from January 16, under Emergency Use Authorisation.

Drug maker Dr Reddys recently said it’ll approach the Drug Regulator for the EUA for Russian vaccine Sputnik V in March. Jaishankar said Prime Minister Narendra Modis idea was to determine the country because the “Pharmacy of the World”, taking advantage of the domestic capabilities and therefore the way India emerged because it leader during the Y2K issue.

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