India has banned major exports of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine to meet its country’s demand for the shot, sources claim.
The world’s second biggest country temporarily halted exports of jabs made by the Serum Institute of India (SII) after infections in the country spiked.
It could be a blow for the UK’s vaccination programme which involves millions of doses manufactured in India.
There have been no vaccine exports from India since Thursday, the country’s foreign ministry’s website shows, as the country expands its own immunisation effort.
Sources told Reuters that there will be no vaccine exports from India until the country’s Covid crisis stabilises.
“Everything else has taken a backseat, for the time being at least,” said one of the sources.
Both sources had direct knowledge of the matter, but declined to be named as the discussions are not public.
“No exports, nothing till the time the India situation stabilises. The government won’t take such a big chance at the moment when so many need to be vaccinated in India.”