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Moderna Says No To Punjab’s Vaccine Request

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Moderna is the one firm among the many many approached by Punjab to have responded.

Chandigarh:

US pharmaceutical agency Moderna has refused to ship provides of its Covid vaccine on to Punjab saying that, in line with its official coverage, the corporate will deal solely with the Government of India. The Amarinder Singh administration had reached out to all such producers in search of direct purchases, officers mentioned.

Punjab is exploring potentialities of floating a world tender to obtain vaccines from all potential sources, together with Sputnik V producer Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson, state nodal officer for vaccination, Vikas Garg, mentioned.

Only Moderna has replied until now, however the agency has refused to take care of the state authorities, he mentioned. So far, about 90 million individuals have been inoculated the world over with Moderna’s vaccine, ANI reported.

Punjab was pressured to cease vaccination for Phase 1 and a pair of classes up to now three days resulting from non-availability of doses. The state has been been capable of purchase solely 4.2 lakh vaccine doses, together with 66,000 obtained yesterday, underneath the Centre’s Phase 3 (18-44 age group) allocation. Up to three.65 lakh of those have already been used up, leaving solely 64,000 now, Mr Garg mentioned.

“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 mentioned.

Punjab reported almost 5,300 contemporary Covid circumstances yesterday, taking its general variety of infections until date to five.34 lakh. It additionally reported 201 deaths, placing the state’s general fatalities at over 13,000.

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