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India joins Singapore and Indonesia in rush for vaccinations

New Delhi to deploy shots developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca and Bharat Biotech

A ground staffer at Indira Gandhi International Airport's Cargo Terminal 2, which will be used as a COVID-19 vaccine handling and distribution center, during a media preview in New Delhi on Dec. 22.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- India is ready to roll out two COVID-19 vaccines within 10 days of Jan. 3, when its drug regulator gave emergency use approval to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and a homegrown one from Bharat Biotech, the Health Ministry says.

Last week, Singapore became one of the first Asian countries to start its coronavirus vaccination drive. Then Indonesia on Monday announced plans to kick off its inoculation campaign next week. The U.S. -- the world's worst-hit country, with over 20.8 million cases -- and the U.K. have already begun vaccinations.

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