As the coronavirus cases in the country continue to spike, there have been calls to intensify country's inoculation programme.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Tuesday that the Centre was “striking a sensible balance” in providing vaccines to foreign countries. India exported Covid-19 vaccines to 72 foreign countries so far, none was at an expense of the people of India.
In the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), 22-year-old nurse Maddy Williams became the Canberran in the city to get a jab on Monday at the Garran Surge Centre.
India has two vaccine that have been approved for emergency use last week -- one developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, the other indegeniously developed by Bharat Biotech
The vaccines will be purchased from reserve funds from the budget of the current fiscal year to March 2021, the government said.
It said a number of trials in the UK are expected to begin this fall, involving the NHS, research institutions and businesses, to help develop and manufacture vaccines.