"We have spoken to Pfizer and Moderna for vaccines, and both the manufacturers have refused to sell directly to us".
Confident of catering to the emergency scenario through a quick scale-up in production and distribution, the Pfizer spokesperson said, "We use a centralised manufacturing approach based on multiple manufacturing sites in the USA and Europe".
In a news release, the company said its vaccine was between 93% and 100% effective in preventing symptomatic Covid in a study of teenagers, depending on whether very mild cases are included in the count.
In a statement issued today, Garg said that all vaccine manufacturers were approached for direct purchase of various Covid vaccines, including Sputnik V, Pfizer, Modern, and Johnson and Johnson, 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. "We appeal to the Centre to import vaccines and distribute to the states", Kejriwal told reporters on Monday. Apart from state governments, Moderna has refused to do business with private players as well, he said.
USA pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Moderna have informed the Delhi government that "they will deal with the Central government" only and not sell Covid-19 vaccines individually to any state, said chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday. "It should not happen that by the time we get vaccines, the time comes that even the antibodies of those who have been vaccinated are finished and they will again require vaccination", he said.
"I urge the Centre not to make this vaccination programme a joke". It failed to manage and sustain its vaccination drive. The officer said the Punjab government was making all efforts for procurement of vaccines to meet the acute shortage in the state, which had received fewer than 44 lakh doses from the central government so far.
The results come just two weeks after Pfizer-BioNTech received approval from the FDA to administer its vaccine to children between ages 12 and 15. We scaled up the vaccination capabilities to about 5 lakh people a day. What is this joke? "By November, 2020, almost seven months ago, the US and the European Union had procured 700 million vaccine doses".
India is now administering three vaccines - Serum Institute of India's COVISHIELD, Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN and Russia's Sputnik V. "The Indian government pumped in money to increase production only last month whereas the USA started investing in production of vaccines in March, 2020", Sisodia said.