UK – 10 million doses from India won’t impact ‘poor nations’
U.K. Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi has defended a shipment of 10 million doses of Covishield on the way from India amid some concerns that it would impact supplies of COVID-19 vaccines for poorer nations.
The minister accountable for overseeing the UK’s vaccination programme said that the vaccine doses developed by the Serum Institute of India, in collaboration with Oxford/AstraZeneca, were always intended for Britain and that assurances have been sought that the delivery would not impact other supplies.
Britain has acquired the rights to around 457 million doses of various vaccines, estimated at three times the total needed to fully vaccinate everyone in the country.
Non-governmental organisations such as Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) had raised concerns that shipments from India would reduce supplies to developing countries.
The minister also confirmed that coronavirus cases in the UK were falling steadily and that the country was headed in the right direction with the pandemic.