India to get part of 7 million jabs US is giving Asia
India will get a part of the seven million vaccines that the US has decided to share with Asia through Covax and some of the six million doses it will be sending directly to countries that have witnessed a surge in Covid cases.
This was announced by the White House on Thursday evening (Indian time) before US Vice-President Kamala Harris dialled some foreign leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to notify them about the Biden administration’s decision to allocate a part of the 80 million doses of the Covid vaccines it has decided to share with the world.
However, there was no clarity from either side on how many doses India will specifically get. Unveiling the framework for sharing the 80 million doses worldwide, the White House said 75 per cent will be routed through Covax — the global initiative for equitable access to Covid vaccines.
Of the 80 million, 25 million were apportioned on Thursday: 19 million will go to Covax of which six million will be for South and Central America, seven million for Asia including India, and five million to Africa. The remaining six million will be sent directly to partner countries and to address regional priorities.
President Joe Biden in his statement on the first tranche distribution mentioned India among the recipient countries for the direct transfer. These vaccines will be a mix of Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson; all three of which are being used in the US.