US, India, Australia, Japan to send 1 billion vaccines across Asia by end 2022

The US, India, Australia and Japan agreed to pool financing, manufacturing and distribution capacity to send 1 billion Covid-19 vaccines across Asia by the end of 2022, India’s foreign secretary, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, said on Friday.

India will use its manufacturing capacity to make US vaccines, with financing coming from the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

Australia will finance training and provide last-mile logistical support for the distribution of vaccines that will predominantly go to the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia and countries in the Indian Ocean.

The tie-up will not impact the production of vaccines for India’s 1.4 billion people, Shringla added.



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