Govt nod to industrial export of Covishield, Covaxin in view of adequate inventory

The Union authorities has allowed industrial export of Covishield and Covaxin contemplating the adequate inventory of the COVID-19 vaccines out there with states and Union Territories in addition to with producers, official sources mentioned on Thursday.

However, the amount of Covid vaccines to be exported might be determined by the federal government each month to make sure there isn’t a dearth of home availability.

India not too long ago resumed Covid vaccine provide to the UN-backed COVAX with the federal government permitting Serum Institute of India (SII) to export 50 Lakh doses of Covishield to Nepal, Tajikistan, Bangladesh and Mozambique.

The Covishield cargo will reach Nepal and Tajikistan this week.

“More than 22.72 crore stability and unutilized COVID-19 vaccine doses are nonetheless out there with the states and Union Territories. The vaccine manufacturing is rising and there might be surplus provides.

“Keeping this in mind, a decision has been taken to allow commercial export of Covishield and Covaxin,” an official supply informed PTI.

Prakash Kumar Singh, Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs at SII had not too long ago communicated to the Union Health Ministry that the Pune-based agency has 24,89,15,000 doses of Covishield and the inventory is rising each day.

The official, nevertheless confused, “The quantity of vaccines to be exported will be decided by the government on a monthly basis to ensure that domestic availability is not hampered in any way.” About 31 crore doses of Covishield and Covaxin are anticipated to be obtained by the federal government from SII and Bharat Biotech in December, whereas Zydus Cadila is more likely to provide round two crore jabs of its three-dose Covid vaccine ZyCoV-D by that point.

The authorities not too long ago permitted the export of two crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine Covovax, produced in India by SII, to Indonesia. The jab is but to be authorised for emergency use within the nation, in line with official sources.

The first cargo of Covovax will reach Indonesia this week.