ANI reported on Thursday that Zimbabwe had authorised the use of India-made coronavirus vaccine Covaxin — the first country in Africa to do so. The Embassy of India in Harare, Zimbabwe, told the news agency that India was trying to get it to Zimbabwe at an early date.
Britan too will receive vaccines made in India. Associated Press reported that the country will receive 10 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine made at the Serum Institute of India. It will be a part of a larger order of 100 million doses that was part of the UK’s original deal for COVID-19 vaccines made by AstraZeneca.
A UK government spokesman said on Thursday that the Serum Institute “is one part of our supply chain for the AstraZeneca vaccine,” which also includes facilities in Britain and Europe.
There was also a massive jump in the vaccine doses administered in India, with 11 lakh doses given on Thursday, Times of India reported. The report said that on Wednesday India had administered closer to 10 lakh doses.
This comes even as cases continued to rise in India, especially in Maharashtra. On Thursday Mumbai reported 1,104 new cases and Pune reported 1,831.