India is providing 1 million doses of its indigenous covid vaccine to Afghanistan for the first time after the Taliban takeover.

 

Covaxin is a Covid vaccine produced by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech.

The first shipment consisting of 5 lakh doses has been delivered on Saturday, January 1st, 2022 in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul.

The final shipment will have another 5 lakh doses and is expected to be delivered in the second week of January.

 

“Today, India supplied the next batch of humanitarian assistance consisting of 5,00,000 doses of COVID vaccine (COVAXIN) to Afghanistan.The same was handed over to the Indira Gandhi Hospital, Kabul. Another batch of additional 5,00,000 doses would be supplied in coming weeks, MEA(Ministry of External Affairs) said in a statement.

India is donating 1 Million doses of Covaxin to Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover.
COVAXIN

 

Currently, Bharat Biotech is producing around 70 million doses of Covaxin per month and within the next few months, the production rate is expected to reach an annualized capacity of 1 billion.

 

This is the first time that India is donating Covid vaccines to Afghanistan under the Vaccine Maitri program proposed by the government. 

 

Aim of this program is to supply made-in-India vaccines to low-income and developing countries across the planet. 

India is donating 1 Million doses of Covaxin to Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover.

Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Bhutan, Mauritius, Brazil, Nepal, Morocco, Maldives, South Africa, DR Congo, and Bangladesh are some of the countries which got benefit from the Vaccine Maitri initiative.

 

 

Currently, Covaxin has emergency-use listings with more than 20 countries and it is expected that more than 50 countries will grant EUA(Emergency Use Authorisation) to the vaccine.

 

Additionally, the Indian government has announced that it will provide 50,000 tonnes of medicines and wheat to Afghanistan by road transport through Pakistan.

 

Suhail Shaheen, the Taliban’s Permanent Representative Designate told The Hindu, “Our people are passing through a critical time now. We welcome and appreciate humanitarian assistance from your country. It is a positive humanitarian step.”

 

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