Bangladesh will get the first consignment of Covid-19 vaccine ‘Covishield’ from India soon as per the deal as the neighbouring country has allowed commercial export of the jab to fight the pandemic.
“India will continue to supply Covid-19 vaccines to partner countries over the coming weeks and months in a phased manner…contractual supplies are being undertaken to Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Morocco and Myanmar,” said official spokesperson of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs Anurag Srivastava on Friday evening.
Responding to a volley of questions from media, including Bangladesh’s national news agency BSS, during the virtual media briefing, he, however, said the supply will continue keeping in view of the domestic requirements of the phased rollout.
In terms of quantities and types of vaccines, Anurag said the supplies abroad on G-to-G, G-to-B and B-to-B basis would be based on availability and regulatory approval in the countries concerned since there was interest in many countries in access to vaccines from India, reports BSS.
When asked whether Pakistan had made request to India to get the vaccine supply, he avoided to give direct reply saying that he was “not aware of any request for the supply of India made vaccines to Pakistan on a G-to-G basis or commercial basis”.
On vaccine cooperation, the official said among the neighbouring countries, India has so far supplied 20 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccine to Bangladesh, 10 lakh doses to Nepal, 1.5 lakh doses to Bhutan and one lakh doses to the Maldives as grant assistance.
Besides, he said consignments of 15 lakh doses for Myanmar and 50,000 doses for Seychelles are being airlifted.
Commercial supplies of the vaccine would begin from Friday in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment that India’s production capacities would be used for all of humanity to fight the pandemic, Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said.