The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka says India has not imposed any export ban on COVID-19 vaccines.
In a statement issued today, the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka noted that the Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs of India in New Delhi had clearly said recently that the Government of India has not imposed any export ban on COVID-19 vaccines.
“In fact, supplies to many countries in various regions of the world have taken place last week also,” the Indian High Commission said.
The High Commission said that Sri Lanka is among 80 countries to which a total of over 64 million doses of COVID 19 vaccines made in India have been supplied, as a bilateral gift, through the COVAX facility and on commercial orders, many of which were placed last year.
“No country has shared with the world COVID-19 vaccines in such a large quantity while vaccinating its own population,” the High Commission said.
India noted that the arrival of duly approved AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines as a gift from India in January this year enabled vaccination against the dreaded pandemic in Sri Lanka to begin ahead of earlier plans.
As a close friend and neighbour of Sri Lanka, India ensured that the people of Sri Lanka start benefitting from India’s global prowess in vaccine production within days of launch of COVID-19 vaccination in India itself.
More than 1.25 million doses of made-in-India COVISHIELD vaccine have so far been delivered to Sri Lanka. Production of COVID-19 vaccines in India is being ramped up further to meet domestic requirement and global demand, the High Commission said.
The High Commission said that the supply of COVID-19 vaccines by India under the Vaccine Maitri embodies India’s abiding commitment to utilize its globally renowned vaccine manufacturing capacities in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic for the larger global good. (Colombo Gazette)