Covid vaccines: India export delay deals blow to poorer countries

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Efforts in Africa and elsewhere hit by decision not to export AstraZeneca jab until end of year

Vaccine programmes across Africa and much of the developing world will suffer big delays after the world’s biggest producer said it would not be exporting the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine until the end of the year.

“We continue to scale up manufacturing and prioritise India … We also hope to start delivering to Covax and other countries by the end of this year,” Adar Poonawalla, chief executive of the Serum Institute of India (SII), said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Written by Jason Burke in Johannesburg, Patrick Wintour and Rebecca Ratcliffe, south-east Asia correspondent
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/19/poorer-countries-face-long-delays-receiving-covid-vaccines under the title “Covid vaccines: India export delay deals blow to poorer countries”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.