10 Nov 2021
COVAX Could see Vaccine Shipment in a Few Weeks
The Index Today
According to health industry sources, India may be able to continue its deliveries of Covid-19 shots to COVAX in a few weeks’ time. Previous deliveries to the vaccine-sharing platform were halted in April.
COVAX is working alongside World Health Organization WHO and has been pushed by the nation to restart supplies of vaccines after 4 million doses were sent in October. The Serum Institute of India SII, developed Covishieled which is a licensed version of AstraZenaca. The institute has increased its output by 240 million doses since its start in April after exports were paused amid rising cases.
The upcoming supply forecast for COVAX is expected to be released in the coming week. A source familiar with the situation said, “There will need to be purchase orders confirmed to SII, labelling and packing, export authorization granted for each of these shipments. So the first deliveries, assuming the Indian Government grants export authorization, won’t happen until a few weeks from now.”
Currently, the nation has unused vaccine doses amounting to 159 million or more. The demand for doses have retreated as the vaccine rollout has begun to slow down. According to SII, 20 to 30 million doses could be delivered to COVAX by the end of the year.