Moderna snubs to sell vaccines to the Punjab Govt directly as their policy against it

The Government of Punjab on Sunday said that COVID vaccine company ‘Moderna’ has refused to send vaccines directly to the State government as according to their policy, they only deal with the Government of India and not with any State government or private parties.

According to the statement by Punjab’s nodal officer Vikas Garg,   all vaccine manufacturers were approached for direct purchase of various COVID vaccines, including SputnikV, Pfizer, Modern, and J&J, as per the directions of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to explore possibilities of floating a global tender for the procurement of vaccines from all possible sources to ensure early inoculation in the State.

In a statement, Mr. Garg said that reply was received from Moderna only in which the company refused to deal with the State government.

The statement added the State government was forced to stop vaccination for Phase first and Phase second categories in the last three days because of the non-availability of vaccines. All efforts would be made for procurement of vaccines to meet the acute shortage in the State, which had received fewer than 44 lakh vaccine doses so far from the Government of India, he said.

 

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