World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday, 22 September, thanked India for resuming the export of COVID-19 vaccines in order to fulfil its commitment towards COVAX.
"This is an important development in support of reaching 40% vaccination target in all countries by the end of the year," Ghebreyesus said.
Thank you Health Minister @mansukhmandviya for announcing #India will resume crucial #COVID19 vaccine shipments to #COVAX in October. This is an important development in support of reaching the 40% vaccination target in all countries by the end of the year. #VaccinEquity
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) September 21, 2021
"Under 'Vaccine Maitri', we will help the world and contribute to COVAX in the fourth quarter," he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Only surplus vaccine doses will be exported, and the vaccination of Indian citizens will remain the topmost priority for the government, Mandaviya further observed.
India had halted the export of vaccines to other countries in April this year, as infections had surged during the second wave of the pandemic.
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