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No plans for Booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine in India: NITI Aayog

No plans for Booster

VK Paul, Member, Niti Ayog has stated that India hasn’t decided on giving booster shots yet as the country inches towards surpassing the 100 crore mark of vaccines injected by next week. He averred that there is no apparent guidance on whether a third dose is necessary, including from the World Health Organization. He also added that India should be able to resume being a major exporter of vaccines from next year, as the country’s vaccine makers are on the job, increasing the speed of production and with the decrease in domestic needs.

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However, few countries have begun issuing third or booster doses of vaccines to older citizens, including Israel, France, Italy and Germany. VK Paul shared that the government would continue to monitor the space carefully for any further action.

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As the cases had surged in India, vaccine exports were stopped. But with the vaccination rates high and a dip in coronavirus cases, exports have resumed and it is reported that around 4 million doses are being sent to Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Iran.

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