India to resume COVID vaccine exports from next quarter

India will resume exports of COVID-19 vaccines from subsequent quarter, prioritising neighbouring countries first, the health minister said on Monday.

India, the world’s biggest maker of vaccines, stopped exports of COVID shots in April to specialise in inoculating its own population as infections exploded.

The country’s monthly vaccine output has since quite doubled and is about to quadruple to over 300 million doses next month, minister Mansukh Mandaviya said, adding that only excess supplies would be exported.

India was considering resuming exports of COVID-19 vaccines soon, because it had partly immunised a majority of its adults and supplies had risen. India donated or sold 66 million doses to just about 100 countries before the export halt.

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