Britain has dismissed global concerns over the 10 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine to be sourced from India. Many experts had said that Britain had demanded such a large amount of vaccine from India, which could break the vaccine supply chain to the poorest countries of the world. Let us know that India has supplied Covid vaccine to many countries all over the world. Soon the figure of such countries is going to reach 50.
Britain’s minister rejected the claim
The UK vaccine minister on Friday rejected claims that the 10 million doses of Kovishield from his country to India would affect the supply of Covid-19 vaccines to poor countries. Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahavi confirmed in an interview that vaccines manufactured by the Serum Institute of India in collaboration with Oxford University and AstraZeneca were made for the UK and assurances that this would not affect supply to other countries.
He said that we had definitely sought assurance from AstraZeneca and Serum that our consignment would not affect their supply to low-income and middle-income countries in the world. The minister said that they are providing around 30 crore doses to low and middle-income countries. You saw that vaccine supplements reached Accra, Ghana last month and this week also reached the Philippines… Ivory Coast, and you will see that much more than this is going to go out. ”
NGOs such as Medicines Sans Frontiers had expressed concern that large consignments coming from the Serum Institute would reduce supply to developing countries. Zahavi has denied this. The Minister said that this is not the case and that vaccines would also be supplied to other countries of the world through the UK-backed Kovacs system.
He said that Britain had received about 457 million doses of various vaccines, which was almost three times more than the total vaccine needed to be given to everyone in the country. While remaining dosages will be offered under bilateral relations, Zahavi said, “most of it will be done through Kovacs.”
Meanwhile, on Friday, UK Health Minister Matt Hancock announced that the first dose of vaccine had been given to 23 million people in the country, which is 40 percent of the country’s total population. The goal here is to vaccinate all the elderly by the end of July.