Brazil turns into take a look at mattress for contest between Indian, Chinese language vaccines

Sandeep Dixit
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 22

Brazil has become the first country to receive commercially exported India-made vaccines after the issue became a political slugfest in Sao Paulo while South Block independently decided that there were enough stocks to meet its domestic requirements.

On Friday, the government cleared commercial exports to Brazil and Morocco through 50 countries have sought the vaccine. South Africa and Saudi Arabia are among the nations that have sought large doses of vaccines made in India.

Interestingly, Brazil has become the test bed for a contest between Chinese and Indian vaccines. This was the reason why Brazil wanted to dispatch the aircraft a few days back but New Delhi had withheld clearance at that time. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro had then vented his frustration at being bested by his political rival who was promoting a Chinese developed vaccine. He blamed the delay in receiving India-made vaccine on political pressures on PM Modi to first provide vaccines to all Indians.

The Leftist Governor of Sao Paulo province, Joao Doria, is backing a vaccine developed by the Chinese lab Sinovac with a local institute. She has already started an inoculation program forcing Bolsonaro, her Rightist rival, to begin pressing New Delhi for the faster supply of the vaccines as they are potential rivals in the 2022 presidential contest in Brazil.

The free supply to India’s neighbouring countries from Wednesday and the beginning of commercial exports from today marked a dramatic turnaround in the Government’s position. A week back, MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava had said it was “too early to make specific comments” as “we are still in the stage of domestic production and distribution and making assessments here.’’

The vaccine shots developed by UK-based drugmaker AstraZeneca and Oxford University are being manufactured at the Serum Institute of India, the world’s biggest producer of vaccines.

India had started gifting India-made vaccines from Wednesday to countries in the region as part of its neighbourhood first policy.

India also provided two days of training for health staff from 13 countries in administering the vaccines.

India’s vaccine diplomacy

Free supplies

  1. Bhutan (1.50 lakh doses)
  2. Maldives (One lakh),
  3. Nepal (Ten lakh),
  4. Bangladesh (20 lakh)
  5. Myanmar (15 lakh)
  6. Seychelles (50,000)
  7. Mauritius (One lakh)

On the list

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Sri Lanka
  3. Commercial exports
  4. Saudi Arabia
  5. South Africa
  6. Brazil
  7. Bolivia
  8. Trained in inoculation
  9. Bangladesh
  10. Bhutan
  11. Maldives
  12. Mongolia
  13. Myanmar
  14. Nepal
  15. Bahrain
  16. Brazil
  17. Mauritius
  18. Morocco
  19. Oman
  20. Seychelles
  21. Sri Lanka

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