India has given COVID-19 vaccinations to Cambodia and Thailand as part of a Quad project, but not the Johnson & Johnson shot, according to New Delhi.
According to Indian foreign ministry spokeswoman Arindam Bagchi, when the leaders of the Quad countries — India, the United States, Japan, and Australia — meet in Japan on Tuesday, they may discuss vaccine distribution strategies.
“Vaccines have been sent to Cambodia and Thailand under the Quad flag,” Bagchi said.
“Yes, the original intention was to employ a different technique,” adds the spokeswoman, “but the end goal is to ensure that vaccines are supplied to countries in need under the Quad umbrella.”
Bagchi didn’t provide specifics, but the Indian foreign government declared the previous month that India had provided 200,000 dosages of Covovax, a form of Novavax vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII), to Thailand as part of the Quad initiative.
According to statistics, Cambodia received 325,000 doses of Covishield, an AstraZeneca injectable manufactured by the SII.
As a response to China’s immunization gifts around the world, the Quad intended to give J&J dosages made by the Indian company Biological E Ltd to Southeast Asia and other countries.
Biological E did not immediately reply to a request for comment. J&J could not be reached immediately by Reuters.