Special flight from Brazil to collect 2 million coronavirus vaccine
New Delhi : India is all set to launch its mass vaccination drive in India against coronavirus and amid this, an all-equipped aeroplane from Brazil will land in Mumbai over the weekend to collect around 2 million doses of vaccines to mark first such export from the nation.
The move comes after the Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help them without jeopardising the Indian vaccination programme.
According to a report by the Indian Express, their sources have said that the Brazilian authorities have struck a commercial deal with Serum Institute of India in Pune, with reports from Brazil indicating that the Chinese vaccines deployed in the country are of less efficacy than claimed.
While the first consignment will be carrying the vaccines from Serum Institute, the sources, mentioned in the report, claimed that Brazil has also selected Bharat Biotech’s vaccine.
“There is no point storing more vaccines beyond India’s current capacity. So the vaccine export to other countries doesn’t affect India’s vaccination plans,” a senior government official told The Indian Express.
The aircraft from Brazil is equipped with a special temperature-control system to store the consignment from Pune. Indian and Brazilian authorities are working to ensure all necessary clearances, sources said.