India to begin commercial vaccine exports with shipments to Brazil, Morocco - (Financial Post via NewsPoints Desk)

  • 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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