India will deliver eight million doses of the vaccine, developed by the US company Johnson & Johnson and produced in the country by a domestic company, to the Indo-Pacific states, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in Washington on Friday.
The politician spoke about this at a meeting of the Quartet, a quartet involving Australia, the United States, India and Japan.
The forum was attended by host US President Joe Biden, Australian Scott Morrison, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Suga Josihide.
First Deputy Foreign Minister Hars Vardhan Sringla reported at the White House summit at a press conference.
He said India would allow the export of eight million Covid-19 vaccines by the end of October, according to an agreement reached in March by a consortium of Australia, India, Japan and the United States.
The quartet’s plan earlier this year to ship one billion Covid-19 vaccines to Asia by the end of 2022 stalled after India, the world’s largest vaccine maker, banned exports in April amid another wave of coronavirus outbreaks.
According to Hars Vardhan Sringla, the shipment will be assembled by the end of October. He added that this will be consistent with India’s decision to export vaccines. The quartet will pay for the vaccine and India will bear some of the cost. It will be an immediate delivery from the Quartet to the Indo-Pacific.