ECONOMYNEXT – India is boosting vaccine production capacity as domestic cases also continue to rise and Sri Lanka has said the original timelime of ordered vaccines may be delayed.
“India’s vaccine manufacturing capacity – already the largest in the world – is being enhanced to meet the emergency global demand of duly approved COVID-19 vaccines,” a spokesman for the Indian High Commission said.
“Their ongoing supply is calibrated in view of several factors, which include production and domestic requirement.”
India’s Covid-19 cases have also been spiking in recent days, while the country also has obligations to deliver on Covid-19 commitments.
India has supplied 1.2 million doses to Sri Lanka including 500,000 free doses that allowed frontline workers to be vaccinated.
The last consignment from the Covax facility was also delivered from India. India has to deliver at around 400 million vaccines for tha GAVI alliance.
“In line with its commitment to collectively fight COVID-19 pandemic, India has supplied 64.51 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines (as on 09 April 2021) to 85 countries, bilaterally as well as through COVAX, and also to UN health workers and peacekeepers,” the spokesman said.
“The latest of these supplies have been delivered as recently as last week to countries in Asia, the Pacific and South America.”