Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and the Seychelles will also get supplies in this week's first phase, the ministry said.
The vast majority of the production of the three most widely approved Covid vaccines globally has so far been hoovered up by developed nations, raising concerns at the WHO and elsewhere that poorer countries could face a long wait for supplies.
The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is widely viewed as their best option because the other two, manufactured by Pfizer/BioNTech and by Moderna, need to be stored at very low temperatures.
India, which has the world's second highest Covid caseload, has said it needs to balance its domestic requirements with international demands.
It began giving shots of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, as well as another developed by Bharat Biotech, to domestic health workers on Saturday.
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