On Friday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told fellow Quad partnership leaders that India will allow the export of 8 million COVID-19 vaccines by the end of October, in accordance with a March agreement reached by the grouping of Australia, India, Japan, and the United States, India’s foreign secretary said.
The Quad’s earlier this year agreement to supply a billion COVID-19 shots across Asia by the end of 2022 was thwarted when India, the world’s largest vaccine producer, banned exports in April amid a massive COVID outbreak at home.
Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla told reporters Modi had told his fellow Quad leaders at a summit in Washington on Friday 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.”