The World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus thanked India on Wednesday for its decision to restart Covid-19 vaccination shipments from October.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus took to Twitter and wrote, “Thank you Health Minister @mansukhmandviya for announcing #India will resume crucial #COVID19 vaccine shipments to #COVAX in October."
The tweet further reads, "This is an important development in support of reaching the 40% vaccination target in all countries by the end of the year. #VaccinEquity.”
The Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said earlier this week that the much-anticipated export of Covid-19 vaccines from India will resume in the fourth quarter, starting from October.
The growth comes as some of global agencies such as GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, and the African Union urged India to restart it exports, as of now that Covid-19 cases appeared to be stabilising in the nation.
The central government had stopped exporting vaccines around March-April to meet its domestic requirements amidst the rapid increase in its daily infections during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Health Minister said that the surfeit supply of Covid-19 vaccines will be used to fulfil the India ’s commitment to the world for the collective fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
As per to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, as of September 22, the country had administered 82,65,15,754 total doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, including 61,43,90,226 first doses of the vaccine and 21,21,25,528 second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.