India's government has greenlighted commercial exports of COVID-19 vaccines, with the first consignments to be shipped to Brazil and Morocco on January 22, as reported in the Financial Post.
The vaccine co-developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University are being manufactured at the Serum Institute of India (SII), which has received orders from countries across the world.
Earlier this week, India sent free supplies to neighboring countries including Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh and Nepal.
The Indian government had held off exporting doses until it began its own domestic immunization program last weekend.
Brazil, which has been urging India to send the AstraZeneca vaccine, agreed to take 2 million doses from SII and was ready to send a plane last week to pick them up, according to the news source.
Morocco, South Africa and Saudi Arabia have also secured supplies from SII, officials said.
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