covishield: SII gets nod to send Covid vaccines to Nepal, Bangaldesh, Myanmar, bulk to AstraZeneca; Bharat Biotech to Iran | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The authorities has permitted Serum Institute of India (SII) to export 10 lakh Covishield doses every to Nepal, Myanmar and Bangladesh, whereas Bharat Biotech will present Iran with 10 lakh doses of Covaxin below the ‘Vaccine Maitri‘ programme in October, official sources mentioned on Thursday.
The Pune-based pharma firm SII has additionally been allowed to provide bulk Covishield vaccine, which is equal to round 3 crore doses, to AstraZeneca within the UK, they informed PTI.
According to the sources, Prakash Kumar Singh, director (authorities and regulatory affairs) at SII had sought permission from Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya in August to provide bulk concentrated answer of Covishield to AstraZeneca citing contractual obligation with the UK-based mostly agency.
Mandaviya on September 20 introduced that India will resume export of surplus COVID-19 vaccines within the fourth quarter of 2021 below the ‘Vaccine Maitri’ programme and to meet its dedication to the COVAX international pool.
“While 10 lakh doses of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin would be sent to Iran, Serum Institute of India will export 10 lakh doses of Covishield each to Myanmar, Nepal and Bangladesh under the ‘Vaccine Maitri’ programme in October,” an official supply informed PTI.
“Further, Serum Institute has been given permission to supply bulk Covishield, equivalent to around 3 crore doses, to AstraZeneca this month,” the supply mentioned.
SII has enhanced the manufacturing capability of Covishield to greater than 20 crore doses per 30 days and has knowledgeable the Centre that it is going to be ready to provide round 22 crore doses in October.
Also, Bharat Biotech is presently producing practically 3 crore doses of Covaxin each month and its manufacturing is probably going to be ramped up to 5 crores within the coming months.
In a latest communication to the Centre, SII had additionally assured that by December 31, it’ll full provide of 66 crore doses of Covishield towards the latest order and can contact provides of greater than 130 crore doses within the yr 2021.
According to the official supply, Singh whereas searching for permission for provide of bulk Covishield vaccine to AstraZeneca in August had acknowledged that in accordance to the agency’s contractual obligation with AstraZeneca, it’s legally certain to provide bulk/fill end vaccine to AstraZeneca as per their demand from time to time.
“We believe in the ideology of ‘nation first’ and because of this, fulfilling the vaccine requirement of our country has been our top most priority during COVID-19 pandemic.
“We imagine within the clarion name of ‘vocal for native’ given by our prime minister and we’re constantly engaged on this to make our nation Atmanirbhar Bharat,” the source quoted Singh as having communicated.
“In view of the above real causes, we request on your variety consideration for approval to provide bulk concentrated answer to AstraZeneca as they urgently want this provide,” Singh is learnt to have communicated, assuring this will in no way hamper the domestic supplies of Covishield vaccine to India.
The COVID-19 vaccine Covishied has been developed by SII in collaboration with Oxford University and AstraZeneca under technology transfer.
Covaxin has been indigenously developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

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