10 mn Indian doses received’t affect poor nations’ jab entry, says UK


London, March 6

UK Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi has defended a shipment of 10 million doses of Covishield en route from India amid concerns that it would impact supplies for poorer nations.

The minister said the vaccine doses developed by the Serum Institute of India, in collaboration with Oxford/AstraZeneca, were always intended for Britain.

“We, of course, sought assurances from them that our doses will not impact their commitment to the low and middle-income countries,” Zahawi said on Friday.

“And they are making about 300 million doses available to low- and middle-income countries. You’ve seen those arrive in Accra in Ghana, last week ,” he added. — PTI



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