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A sub-Group of the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 was constituted to consider all matters related to vaccine export of COVID-19 vaccines and take necessary decisions with due regard to domestic production and ensuring adequate availability for the national vaccine programme for COVID-19. This Sub-Group closely monitors the supplies.

External supplies of Made-in-India COVID19 vaccines started w.e.f. 20.01.2021. Supplies have been undertaken in the form of “Grants-in-aid”, commercial sales by the manufacturers and through GAVI’s COVAX facility. GAVI’s COVAX facility has more than 190 members including India. Country-wise details for supply of vaccines till 17 March 2021 are enclosed. More than 7.47 crore vaccine doses have been supplied to Stats/UTs within the country so far.

Once an epidemic takes form of a pandemic, its management has to be done keeping the entire globe as unit and in most circumstances, it is not possible to take either States-specific or country-specific approach. Hence, export of COVID-19 vaccine which facilitates global action to vaccination is important to simultaneously protect the high-risk population in all the countries of the world, thereby breaking the chain of transmission and minimizing chances of import of COVID-19 cases from foreign countries as well as neighbouring countries to India.

Low/middle income Countries as well as nations with limited access to pharmaceutical technologies are at debilitating disadvantages in dealing with the pandemic. To this end, Govt. of India has allowed only limited export of vaccines while according highest priority to domestic needs.

Supplies till 17 March 2021 (In lakhs)
Sl. No. Country Grant Commercial COVAX Total Supplies
Quantity Quantity Quantity
1 Bangladesh 20 70   90
2 Myanmar 17 20   37
3 Nepal 10 10 3.48 23.48
4 Bhutan 1.5   0.24 1.74
5 Maldives 2   0.12 2.12
6 Mauritius 1 1   2
7 Seychelles 0.5     0.5
8 Sri Lanka 5 5 2.64 12.64
9 Bahrain 1     1
10 Brazil   40   40
11 Morocco   70   70
12 Oman 1     1
13 Egypt   0.5   0.5
14 Algeria   0.5   0.5
15 South Africa   10   10
16 Kuwait   2   2
17 UAE   2   2
18 Afghanistan 5   4.68 9.68
19 Barbados 1     1
20 Dominica 0.7     0.7
21 Mexico   8.7   8.7
22 Dominican Republic 0.3 0.2   0.5
23 Saudi Arabia   30   30
24 El Salvador   0.2   0.2
25 Argentina   5.8   5.8
26 Serbia   1.5   1.5
27 UN Health workers   1   1
28 Mongolia 1.5     1.5
29 Ukraine   5   5
30 Ghana 0.5 0.02 6 6.52
31 Ivory Coast 0.5   5.04 5.54
32 St. Lucia 0.25     0.25
33 St. Kitts & Nevis 0.2     0.2
34 St. Vincent & Grenadines 0.4     0.4
35 Suriname 0.5     0.5
36 Antigua & Barbuda 0.4     0.4
37 DR Congo 0.5   17.16 17.66
38 Angola     6.24 6.24
39 Gambia     0.36 0.36
40 Nigeria     39.24 39.24
41 Cambodia     3.24 3.24
42 Kenya 1   10.20 11.2
43 Lesotho     0.36 0.36
44 Rwanda 0.5   2.40 2.9
45 Sao Tome & Principe     0.24 0.24
46 Senegal 0.25   3.24 3.49
47 Guatemala 2     2
48 Canada   5.00   5
49 Mali     3.96 3.96
50 Sudan     8.28 8.28
51 Liberia     0.96 0.96
52 Malawi 0.5   3.60 4.1
53 Uganda 1.00   8.64 9.64
54 Nicaragua 2.00   1.35 3.35
55 Guyana 0.8     0.8
56 Jamaica 0.50     0.50
57 UK   50   50.00
58 Togo     1.56 1.56
59 Djibouti     0.24 0.24
60 Somalia     3.00 3.00
61 Seirra Leone     0.96 0.96
62 Belize 0.25     0.25
63 Botswana 0.30     0.30
64 Mozambique 1.00   3.84 4.84
65 Ethiopia     21.84 21.84
66 Tajikistan     1.92 1.92
67 Benin     1.44 1.44
68 Eswatini 0.20   0.12 0.32
69 Bahamas 0.20     0.20
70 Cape Verde     0.24 0.24
71 Iran   1.25   1.25
72 Uzbekistan     6.60 6.60
73 Solomon Islands     0.24 0.24
74 Laos     1.32 1.32
Total 81.25 339.67 174.99 595.91

 

The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Sh. Ashwini Kumar Choubey stated this in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha here today.

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