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WHO director-general thanks India

23.09.2021 126 просмотров

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus thanked Indian Minister of Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandavia on Wednesday for announcing India's decision to resume exports of COVID-19 vaccines.

“Thank you Minister of Health Mansukh Mandavia for announcing that India will resume critical supply of COVID-19 vaccines under the [initiative] COVAX (a global initiative to ensure equal access to COVID vaccines) -19, - TASS note) in October. This is an important milestone in support of reaching the 40% vaccination target in all countries by the end of the year,” Ghebreyesus tweeted.

About India's intention to resume the export of coronavirus vaccines from next month, Mandaviya announced on Monday. He stated that New Delhi plans to supply excess vaccine abroad as part of the Maitri Vaccine program and to fulfill its obligations to the global COVAX program, but vaccinating its own citizens " remains a top priority for the government.”

India has previously delivered coronavirus vaccines to 72 countries through the Maitri Vaccine program, both on a grant basis and through bilateral contracts. However, in April of this year, India was forced to stop the export of vaccines against COVID-19 against the background of a sharp increase in the incidence within the country.

Mass vaccination in India began on January 16 this year. By Wednesday morning, according to the Ministry of Health, 826,515,754 doses of vaccines were administered in the country, Indian doctors managed to vaccinate more than 63% of the adult population with at least one dose, about 30% of adults are fully vaccinated. The population of the country is about 1.3 billion people.

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