Moderna refuses Punjab government request for direct vaccine supply

Chandigarh: India is trying its best to increase vaccination drive across the country. The COVID vaccine maker from the US Moderna has turned down the Punjab government. The Punjab government request to send supplies of its vaccines directly to the state.

The Boston-based pharmaceutical company according to their policy has dismissed the state request. The company whose vaccine is being administered in North America and Europe decides to deal only with the Central government of India. The Punjab government is exploring possibilities of floating a global tender for the procurement of vaccines from all possible sources to ensure early inoculation in the state. Recently, it reached out to all vaccine manufacturers for direct purchase of vaccines, including Sputnik V, Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson, to ensure early inoculation in the state. The state government was forced to stop vaccination for Phase I and Phase 2 categories in the last three days due to non-availability of doses.

Under the Centre's Phase 3 which includes 18-44 age group allocation, the state has been able to buy only 4.2 lakh vaccine doses, including 66,000 received yesterday. Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine is widely being used in countries such as Canada, United States and the United Kingdom under emergency use authorisations.

So far, about 90 million people have been inoculated with Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine in the world.

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