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Moderna, Pfizer Turn Down States Vaccine Request; Say Will Deal Only With The Govt Of India

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Moderna Pfizer Turns Down States Vaccine: Punjab’s effort to obtain COVID-19 vaccine directly from global manufacturers suffered a setback on Monday. Vaccine manufacture Moderna rejected the state government’s request saying that it does not supply vaccines directly to states.

Moderna Pfizer Turn Down States Vaccine

Reportedly, Vikas Garg, the Punjab Government’s Nodal Officer for Vaccination wrote to the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based pharma and biotech company Moderna seeking the supplies of its mRNA vaccine for the state. However, they responded by saying that as a part of their policy, they do not deal directly with states or private parties. They only deal with the Governments.

Garg said to a leading daily, “We cannot call it a discouraging response. One of the companies has refused. Let us see what others do”. He added that there is a shortage of vaccine all over the world. But they are trying their best to ensure that the entire population gets vaccinated as soon as possible.

On May 20, Chief Minister Capt. Amrinder Singh directed officials to float global tenders. The government then wrote to the manufacturers of Pfizer, Moderna, Sputnik V and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. So far, they have only received a reply from Moderna. Response from other companies is awaited.

Garg said that they have received a positive response from COVAX. “They (COVAX) have replied to our communication and they are saying that they will take the discussion forward. They are our hope,” he added.

Punjab vaccine request turned down: Vini Mahajan reaction

Reacting to Moderna’s response, Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan said, “We have already requested the Government of India to procure the vaccine for states. The Chief Minister has written a letter to the Prime Minister about the issue”. She further said that they wanted to make efforts, so they wrote to companies but they did not assume that the company would supply vaccines directly to them. “We are also told that Pfizer wants to sign an indemnity bond which only the GOI can provide,” she added.

As per reports, earlier this month, Delhi, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana governments decided to issue global tenders for obtaining Coronavirus vaccines. This is because there has been a massive shortage of vaccine doses in the country and floating global tenders is the only way we can overcome the shortage.

Delhi vaccine request turned down

National Capital which has largely shut its vaccination drive for 18-to 44-year olds as also said that vaccine makers Pfizer and Moderna have communicated that they cannot deal with states they will deal only with the Govt of India. Delhi is reportedly in the process of finalising one vendor and talking to manufacturers globally.

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