Mumbai: During the first in-person Quad Leaders Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India will make available 80 lakh doses of Johnson and Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.
Earlier this year, a plan reached by the Quad to supply a billion Covid-19 shots across Asia by the end of 2022 was stalled after India, the world’s largest vaccine producer, banned exports in April amid a massive COVID outbreak in the nation. Also Read: Quad Countries Pledge To Donate 120 Crore Covid-19 Vaccine Doses Globally
The Foreign Secretary told reporters that PM Modi told his fellow Quad leaders that India would make available 8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
“This would be made ready by the end of October,” he said. “It will be compatible with our decision to export vaccines. The Quad will pay for the vaccine and India will bear a certain share of those. This will be an immediate delivery from the Quad in the Indo-Pacific,” he further added.
The Quad leaders’ summit was held at the White House on September 24.