Dhaka: Pakistan is in serious talks to buy Govt vaccines made in India.
Of the Govt-19 vaccine manufactured in India, 20 lakh doses are planned to be sent to Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, another neighbor, Pakistan, is exploring the possibility of buying vaccines from India, The Indian Express reported.
By special flight
The vaccines will be handed over to the Government of Bangladesh by the Indian High Commission in Dhaka. With more than 5 lakh people infected with the corona virus in Bangladesh, about 7,900 people have died so far.
Pakistan is exploring the possibility of obtaining the Oxford-Astrogeneca Govit-19 vaccine, which is manufactured in India, for emergency use, following approval by the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan. More than 5 lakh people in Pakistan have been affected by corona and nearly 11,000 people have died.
Consultation in Islamabad
Islamabad is being consulted on whether vaccines can be obtained through Covax, set up by the Global Coalition for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), CEPI and the World Health Organization.
Kovacs has promised to provide free vaccines to 20 percent of the population in about 190 countries, including Pakistan. Pakistan expects to be able to procure drugs from Kovacs after the start of the second quarter of 2021.
Will India give
But for the rest of the population, Pakistan is dependent on the Oxford-Astrogeneca vaccine and Bharat Biotech-ICMR’s Kovacin. Meanwhile, vaccines manufactured by India can be purchased by Pakistan through third parties, but the cost will increase.
Conflict between the two countries
It is noteworthy that in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack, tensions between India and Pakistan have affected bilateral trade between the two countries, but the provision of “life-saving drugs” has been exempted from these restrictions.