US deputy secretary of state Wendy Sherman said India is playing a crucial role in the fight against the coronavirus disease pandemic as it is the world’s largest vaccine producer. Sherman applauded the decision made by India to restart the export of Covid-19 vaccines after a brief halt which was caused due to the nation facing a devastating second wave that required the embargo on vaccine exports.
“We look forward to working together with India to vaccinate the world, including through the Quad vaccine partnership,” Sherman said. The ‘Vaccine Maitri’ initiative launched by the government aims at exporting vaccines under commercial exports, grants and vaccine dose contributions to COVAX – a UN-led vaccine initiative to help lower and middle-income nations tackle Covid-19.
According to data shared by the Union ministry of external affairs, India has exported 19.86 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine under the COVAX initiative to several impoverished countries as of May 29. It has exported 66.36 million doses of vaccines, in total, until May 29.