India aiming to restart COVID-19 vaccine exports by next year, says official

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India will likely restart exporting COVID-19 vaccines next year once it has immunized its own adult population, the head of a government expert panel said.

“Almost 60 countries are hardly having any access to vaccine and India should be able to provide a substantial portion in 2022,” N.K. Arora, chairman of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization in India, said in an interview with Bloomberg Television on Tuesday.

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“As soon as we are through with our adult population, we should have sufficient vaccine to share with the rest of the world.”

India expects that six locally-developed shots will have been approved by the end of 2021, Arora said.

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