India is a leading manufacturer of Covid 19 vaccines
Just behind the United States in terms of the country’s high production capacity, of which the rest, media and WHO testify, India is on the way to becoming the world leader in the manufacture of Covid 19 vaccines. India is already committed to providing vaccines to several countries worldwide, even to those that do not meet its convictions and political motivations, such as Cambodia, Mongolia, Afghanistan, and various Pacific island states. An approach aimed at trampling the flower beds of the Chinese neighbor also involved in the intensive production of this vaccine of the new times but on a smaller scale.
This is not surprising since the manufacture of vaccines of all kinds has always been India’s preserve. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, about 60% of the world’s vaccines were made in India, CNBC reported, which stands by a report from analysts at “JPMorgan” in late January. ” India has been a hub for vaccine manufacturing … even before the pandemic, and should therefore be a strategic partner in the global inoculation against COVID-19 .”
And India is catching up with the American giant. The country can manufacture 3.5 billion Covid-19 vaccines in 2021, while the United States would manufacture 4 billion. Indian companies are also aware of this; they are currently increasing their production. “ We are expanding our annualized capacities to deliver 700 million doses of our intramuscular COVAXIN,” said Indian company Bharat Biotech, which developed a Covid-19 vaccine in collaboration with the Indian Council for Medical Research. Bharat Biotech is one of the few Indian companies to create a vaccine, while many others collaborate with global companies instead.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has delivered to its neighbors and to other countries, including Brazil, Morocco, and others. Millions of the British-made AstraZeneca PLC vaccine doses, even though its household vaccination program had just started. Believe that Modi is using the strength of India as the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines against various diseases to improve regional ties and fight against China’s political and economic dominance.
New Delhi has urgently approved 100,000 doses for Cambodia following a request to Modi by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, the New Delhi envoy said in Phnom Penh. Still, Cambodia is an important ally of China, which is expected to provide it with a million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, mainly developed by state-owned Sinopharm. “The Serum Institute of India has secured the supply despite countless competing demands from partner countries and our commitment to our national population,” Ambassador Devyani Khobragade said.
India has donated doses to Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives to help them get started with frontline workers as part of its vaccine friendship initiative. On Sunday, he sent 500,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Afghanistan, the first to arrive in the war-torn country, which is still awaiting emergency approval from the World Health Organization to administer them. India has invested millions of dollars in Afghanistan over the years in a large-scale effort seen as pushing back the influence of rival Pakistan in the country. “ The vaccines are provided in the form of grants, ” said a government source.
India has provided 15.6 million doses of the vaccine to 17 countries through donations or commercial contracts, Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said. Shipments will be sent to Mongolia, Caribbean countries, Pacific island states, Africa, and South America in the coming weeks. “ External procurement is a continuous process, depending on availability and domestic needs,” he said.
India, which has the second-highest number of coronavirus cases globally, plans to vaccinate 300 million people by August. It has vaccinated around three million healthcare workers in the first two weeks of the campaign which began on January 16, and will need to step up the pace to meet its summer target.