India has supplied over 5 crore 85 lakh doses of Made in India vaccines to nearly 70 countries till date. Out of the total nearly 80 lakh doses have been supplied free of cost as grant aid to 35 countries whereas 1 crore 64 lakh doses have been supplied under the COVAX facility route to around 18 countries.
COVAX is an unique global collaboration with more than two-third of the countries in the world engaged together in order to ensure equitable supply of COVID vaccines.
The Ministry of External Affairs has informed that over 3 crore 39 lakh vaccine doses have also been sent to 15 different countries on commercial basis.
India began its ‘Vaccine Maitri’ to supply Covid vaccine to different nations more than one and half month ago. Following requests from various countries for the supply of Indian-manufactured vaccines, the government had started the supply of Covid vaccine on 20th January to Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Seychelles under the grant assistance. The External Affairs Ministry has said that this is being done in keeping with India’s stated commitment to using India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity to help everyone fight the Covid pandemic.