31st May, 2021
In the information sought under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the central government on Monday said that from May 5, there is a complete ban on the export of anti-coronary vaccine and sending it abroad as a help. In response to a question by Pune-based activist Prafulla Sarada, the Ministry of External Affairs has given this information and has given details of the vaccines exported in various categories to 95 countries till May 5.
In response to a question, the Ministry of External Affairs also clarified that in the future, keeping in mind the requirements of domestic production and national vaccination program, the supply (export) to other countries will be started.
Notable vaccines sent to India from all over the world created a ruckus in the country when the vaccine crisis arose. On this issue, Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Shiv Sena, Aam Aadmi Party, Left and other opposition parties fiercely pulled the central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party.
Sarada said that except basic export figures, the government has kept silence on many other related information. For example, the Center has said that if any committee was formed to take a decision on the export of vaccines, it does not have the details of the committee members, meetings, etc. It's quite mysterious. Which ministry actually decided for large-scale donations or exports, especially when at least two major ministries, the health and foreign ministries, could be directly involved in the process.
It was said in response that the vaccines were purchased directly from the companies with the permission of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for export and grant. However, it was not mentioned in the reply on whose orders such an important decision was taken, especially when the country was suffering badly from Corona.
According to official Saradha official data, the Center has given 107.15 lakh vaccines free of cost to 47 countries. 357.92 lakh doses were given to 26 countries at commercial rates. 198.63 lakh vaccines were sold to other 47 countries under the Kovacs program. Altogether 6637 crore doses were given to other countries.
According to the reply, the Center had bought a dose of Kovishield from Pune company Serum Institute of India for Rs 200 plus GST and Bharat Biotech for Rs 295 plus GST. As of 31 May (Monday), India has vaccinated a total of 21,31,54,129 people, including their second dose, under various approved categories.