India has already started to roll out the vaccine among their healthcare workers from the beginning of January. By the Indian government, Covishield and Covaxin are being distributed primarily. Covishield is manufactured by Pune’s Serum Institute in collaboration with the Oxford University and AstraZeneca. On the other hand, Covaxin is home grown vaccine that has been created by Bharat Biotech from Hyderabad.
In addition to the distribution of vaccine within the country, India has decided to give out some vaccine to other countries also. It is believed that India has been offering 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Africa. 1 million doses are offered to the UN health workers also.
Ministry of External Affairs has also announced that they will be gifting 1 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Oman. Caricom countries are going to receive 5 lakh doses while Nicaragua gets 2 lakh and Pacific Island states gets 2 lakh doses.
More than a week has passed since India has given its nod to export the COVID-19 vaccine to other countries. Till now, 55 lakh vaccines have been distributed in 9 neighbouring countries such as Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Mauritus, Seychelles, Bahrain and Sri Lanka.
Masud Bin Momen, foreign secretary of Bangladesh has thanked the Indian Ministry of External Affairs for supplying 2 million doses. Both Nepal and Bangladesh have also started their immunization process with the vaccine that has been obtained from India.