'India's green light needed': US waiting for Central nod to dispatch COVID vaccines aid
The United States stated that it will send COVID-19 vaccines aid to India after the Centre gives it a green light and clears legal hurdles for import. The country said that India has asked for more time to "review legal provisions related to accepting vaccine donations". "Before we can ship those doses, however, each country must complete its own domestic set of operational, of regulatory, and legal processes that are specific to each country. Now, India has determined that it needs further time to review legal provisions related to accepting vaccine donations," US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said. US vaccines have already reached Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.
How many vaccines were India expected to receive?
India will be receiving a share of the 80 million (8 crores) unused COVID-19 vaccines through the UN-backed COVAX global vaccine sharing programme that US President Joe Biden has announced. On June 2, President Biden announced that the US will allocate 75 per cent—nearly 1.9 crore of the first tranche of 2.5 crore doses—of unused COVID-19 vaccines from its stockpile through the UN-backed COVAX global vaccine sharing programme to countries in South and Southeast Asia as well as Africa.
Which are the vaccines currently in India?
So far, four vaccines—Moderna, Bharat Biotech's Covaxin, AstraZeneca's Covishield (manufactured by Serum Institute of India), and the Russian-made Sputnik V—are in use in India currently. The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has urged Pfizer twice in writing to apply for emergency use authorisation (EUA) for its COVID vaccine so that the application is processed well in time, but Pfizer has not applied for the licence yet, multiple reports claimed. US vaccine maker Moderna is making its much anticipated India entry.