India to export 8 million COVID-19 jabs in October

NEW DELHI: India will export 8 million COVID-19 vaccine jabs by the end of October after ending its ban on sending doses abroad, a top foreign ministry official said Saturday (Sep 25).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to resume exports at a meeting of leaders from the so-called Quad in Washington as India, Japan, Australia, and the US try to counter growing Chinese influence across the Asia-Pacific region.

Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla told reporters on Saturday that most of the 8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine will be sent to Asia-Pacific countries.

“This would be ready by the end of October. This is an immediate delivery, from the Quad into the Indo-Pacific region,” Shringla told reporters.

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