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India Resumes To Resume Vaccine Exports Next Month

A health worker inoculates a man with a dose of the Covishield COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine in a hospital in Mumbai on Sept. 21, 2021. (Indranil Mukherjee/Getty Images)
A health worker inoculates a man with a dose of the Covishield COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine in a hospital in Mumbai on Sept. 21, 2021. (Indranil Mukherjee/Getty Images)

This week, India’s Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya announced that the country would resume vaccine exports next month.

The move comes as a relief to health officials worried about the strained global supply of vaccines. India, the world’s biggest vaccine supplier, was expected to play a large role in vaccine distribution across the globe.

But a brutal second wave of COVID-19 in the spring devastated the country, prompting leaders to halt all vaccine exports, until now.

Here & Now‘s Scott Tong talks with Niha Masih, an India-based correspondent for The Washington Post.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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