Pfizer, Moderna have refused to sell vaccines directly to Delhi
American pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Moderna have said they would not sell their coronavirus vaccines directly to the Delhi government, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal revealed today. According to him, these drug makers have clarified they would only deal with the central government. Vaccination has lost pace in the capital city as well as several other parts of India due to a shortage of doses.
'Both manufacturers refused to sell vaccines to us'
"We've spoken to Pfizer and Moderna for vaccines, and both the manufacturers have refused to sell vaccines directly to us. They have said they will deal with the central government. We appeal to the Centre to import vaccines and distribute to states," Kejriwal told reporters.
Punjab also raised this issue yesterday
Kejriwal's statement came just one day after the government of Punjab raised similar concerns, saying Moderna has refused to sell vaccines directly to that state. The company said such a request was in violation of its official policy. The state also reached out to several other vaccine manufacturers, including Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson. However, they have not responded yet, the Punjab government said.
Recently, Kejriwal wrote to PM requesting more vaccines
In Delhi, vaccine roll-out had to be halted for the 18-44 age group on Saturday as the city ran out of stocks. Meanwhile, CM Kejriwal has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting an increase in the supply of vaccines to Delhi. He also suggested the PM to import more foreign-made vaccines and allow vaccine makers in India to begin manufacturing COVAXIN doses soon.
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