India is biggest buyer of COVID-19 vaccine with 1.6 bn doses

New Delhi: India is the largest buyer of COVID-19 vaccines in the world with 1.6 billion doses, according to a global analysis, a number some scientists say could cover 800 million people, or 60 per cent of its population, and will be enough to develop 'herd immunity'.

India has purchased 500 million doses of the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine candidate, one billion from the U.S company Novavax and 100 million doses of the Sputnik V candidate from Russia's Gamaleya Research Institute, according to the U.S-based Duke University Global Health Innovation Center.

The 'Launch and Scale Speedometer' analysis, which is updated every two weeks, shows India has confirmed 1.6 billion doses of three vaccines as of November 30 while the U.S and the EU have purchased doses of six candidates.

According to the analysis, India is the top COVID-19 vaccine buyer followed by the European Union which has confirmed 1.58 billion doses and the US, the worst affected country so far, that has managed to purchase just over a billion doses.