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Vaccine powerhouse India markets affordable COVID shots for Asia

Bangladesh, Bhutan and Qatar show interest as New Delhi looks beyond fellow nationals

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. India is arranging to inoculate 300 million of its people by August while also providing shots to nearby nations.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- India, a country of 1.3 billion people, intends to mass-produce enough COVID-19 shots to help the global community fight off the pandemic.

Bangladesh, Myanmar, Qatar, Bhutan, Switzerland, Bahrain, Austria and South Korea have shown keen interest in partnering with India, which can produce vaccines more cheaply than Western makers and is working on an mRNA remedy that is said to be less sensitive to relatively warm temperatures.

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