India expects 3-4 mln Pfizer, Moderna vaccine doses through COVAX by August- sources - (National Post via NewsPoints Desk)

  • According to two sources, India expects to receive 3 million to 4 million doses of the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines through the COVAX facility by August, as reported in the National Post.

  • India has donated or sold more than 66 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines before a huge rise in infections in the country forced it to divert all domestic output to inoculate its own people from April.

  • It has so far administered 358.1 million vaccine doses – the most in the world after China – giving at least one dose to 31% of its estimated adult population of 944 million.

  • The country mainly relies on a licensed version of AstraZeneca's vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India.

  • Apart from Moderna and Pfizer, India has also been courting Johnson & Johnson for vaccine supplies. Johnson & Johnson has already signed a manufacturing agreement with India's Biological E though production has yet to start.

  • A spokesperson for Johnson & Johnson in India said the company was looking to expedite vaccine supplies to the country.

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