India's interests come before vaccine exports, says health ministry

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A woman receives a dose of COVISHIELD vaccine at a night shelter for homeless people in Ahmedabad

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India would resume exports of COVID-19 vaccines only after its own interests are taken care of, a health ministry official said on Thursday, as a recent surge in immunisations raised hopes of foreign sales https://www.reuters.com/world/india/indias-covid-vaccine-supply-jumps-raising-export-hopes-2021-08-30 that have been barred since mid-April.

"Every country works with an aim of keeping its people, economy and social system safe," Rajesh Bhushan told a weekly news conference.

"Even the public health response to COVID is governed by those goals. So we will also try to achieve those goals and see when would be the right time to export vaccines."

(Reporting by Krishna N. Das and Rama Venkat; Editing by David Goodman)

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