Brazil sends special Aircraft to India for Vaccines
Brazil has sent specially equipped aircrafts to India to airlift two million doses of the vaccine, marking India’s first export of the Covid-19 vaccine. The flight is equipped with a special temperature control system which is expected to land in Mumbai over the weekend.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsanaro’s office announced on January 8th that he had written a letter to the Prime Minister of India – Narendra Modi to accelerate the shipment of two million doses of Covishield vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India. There is no agreement with Brazil on the pricing of the vaccine yet.
Serum’s chief executive officer Adar Poonawalla in an interview this month said he expected overseas supplies only to begin around March after first meeting India’s initial requirements. India will be able to decide on exports of the vaccines within the next few weeks, foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said on Tuesday.
Health Ministry officials of Brazil have said that the vaccines would kick off in all capitals simultaneously, within a week after approval by Health Regulator Anvisa.