India will receive a share of the 80 million (8 crores) unused COVID-19 vaccines through COVAX. The initiative aims at sharing vaccines globally.
It is an UN-backed initiative. US President Joe Biden has announced. Earlier President Biden had announced that the US will allocate nearly 1.9 crores of the first tranche of 2.5 crore doses of unused COVID-19 vaccines to countries in South and Southeast Asia as well as Africa.
Also, this initiative is part of the Biden administration’s framework. It will now be sharing 80 million (8 crores) vaccines globally by the end of June. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
As per a White House fact sheet, nearly 19 million vaccines will be shared through COVAX. COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) is a worldwide initiative for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. The initiative involves Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and the World Health Organisation.
Furthermore, India is currently going through the second wave of the pandemic. Moreover, the Joe Biden administration had been under immense pressure to send the excess COVID-19 vaccines to nations like India, which are facing severe vaccine shortages.