India to become Covid vaccine hub as 9 nations seek millions of Made in India doses

India to become Covid vaccine hub as 9 nations seek millions of Made in India doses

After taking the lead on Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), India has taken the lead on coronavirus vaccines. From developing, manufacturing to becoming a key supplier, New Delhi will be playing a critical role in the global inoculation program against the coronavirus.

Many countries have requested India either on a government-to-government (G2G) basis or by directly placing orders with the vaccine developers who are manufacturing the doses in India.

The other option for most low and middle-income countries is to source vaccines through the GAVI-COVAX alliance, where all the partner countries who manufacture the vaccine would give part of the doses to this alliance to make vaccines available to 92 such countries that fall in this category.

Amid all the global clamor for coronavirus vaccines, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday had reiterated the role India intends to play in order to "save humanity" by providing doses of the two Indian-manufactured vaccines that have been cleared for emergency use, Covishield and Covaxin, to the rest of the world.

"India used to import PPE kits, masks, ventilators, and testing kits from outside but today our nation is self-reliant. Today, India is ready to save humanity with two 'Made in India' coronavirus vaccines," Prime Minister Modi told the Indian diaspora, during his inaugural address at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on Saturday.

India is all set to deploy its capacities in vaccine production and supply. Besides the neighbors, barring Pakistan, Brazil, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, South Africa have made official announcements seeking vaccines from India.

"India has been at the forefront of the global response in the common fight against the coronavirus pandemic, from the beginning. And, sees international cooperation in this field, particularly with its neighbours, as its duty," Anurag Srivastava, MEA spokesperson, said.