India says ‘too early” for exports of vaccine to Brazil. A statement released by the Foreign Ministry of Brazil on Wednesday confirmes Azul Airlines Airbus A330neo aircraft. It is fitted with special containers. The schedule is to fly back from Mumbai with two million doses of vaccine. It is from the Serum Institute of India to the country on 16 January. Officially announcing the shipment of an aircraft to transport two million doses of Covid-19 vaccine from India. Brazil appears to have jumped the gun, with New Delhi making it clear on Thursday. Also, it will take more time to take decisions on supplies to foreign countries.
People familiar with developments on condition of anonymity that any supplies contract for by foreign countries, including Brazil, will be given by India in due course though a timeline for this is yet to be finalised.
One of the people mentioned above said, “India stands by its commitment to helping the world and all countries get vaccines.”
On January 8, the office of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced that he had written a letter to his Indian counterpart. Narendra Modi, to speed up the shipment of two million doses of the AstraZeneca Covishield vaccine developed by the Indian Serum Institute. Bolsonaro is under pressure from political opponents to rollout the vaccine. Also
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The Brazilian foreign ministry’s statement, also in Portuguese, said the health ministry had “purchased” the doses from the Serum Institute of India. The Brazilian embassy had “made arrangements with the Indian authorities. The Serum Institute of India, following the letter from President Jair Bolsonaro to Prime Minister Narendra Modi”.
The statement also spoke of plans to distribute the vaccines to Brazil’s states. It will be within five days after endorsement by the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa). Also to start immunisation across the country. Simultaneously and free of charge. It also described the “successful acquisition of doses” from India as a demonstration of the “excellent” Brazil-India relations.
The announcement by the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, also in Portuguese, confirmed that the Ministry of Health had “bought” the doses from the Serum Institute of India. Following a letter from President Jair Bolsonaro to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Brazilian embassy had “made arrangements with the Indian authorities and the Serum Institute of India.”
The statement also spoke of plans to distribute the vaccines to Brazil’s states. It will be within five days of the approval of the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa). That is for the simultaneous and free start of immunisation across the world.
It also described India’s “successful acquisition of doses” as a demonstration of the “excellent” ties between Brazil and India.
Asked about the problem during a weekly news conference, Anurag Srivastava, spokesman for the Ministry of External Affairs, said it was too early to address vaccine exports as India’s immunisation programme is scheduled to be rolled out on Saturday.
‘We will recall that the Prime Minister already mentions that India’s production. Also the distribution potential of vaccines will be used in the fight. The fight is against this crisis to the good of all humanity.
As you might know, in India, the vaccination process is just beginning. As we are still reviewing development schedules. Along with distribution, it is too early to provide a particular response to the supplies to other countries. In due course, we will make decisions in this regard, and this could take some time.