India says it will prioritize Sri Lanka in providing vaccine

India’s foreign minister has assured Sri Lanka that it will be prioritized when Indian-produced COVID-19 vaccines are ready for export

India’s drug regulator has approved two vaccines for emergency use for COVID-19 — one developed by Oxford University and U.K.-based drug maker AstraZeneca, and another by the Indian manufacturer Bharat Biotech.

Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturing company, has been contracted by AstraZeneca to make 1 billion doses for developing nations, including India. However, delivery of the vaccine outside India is likely to take a number of months.

COVID-19 cases have spiked in Sri Lanka in recent months. However, authorities have been undecided on a vaccine until last month.

Jaishankar is on a two-day visit to Sri Lanka.

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