Will deal only with Centre: Pfizer, Moderna
CHANDIGARH/NEW DELHI: Global drug majors are preferring to deal directly with the Centre instead of engaging with states and private entities to supply Covid-19 vaccines even as supplies of shots worldwide remain scarce and are the main issue of discussion.
Massachusetts-based biechnology company Moderna, which has developed a messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine to tackle Covid-19, has declined the Punjab go nment’s request for direct supply of its vaccine to the state. The US firm said as per its policy, the company only deals with central go nments. Go nment sources, however, also said Moderna made it clear that it really did not have extra supplies till the year-end.
Central go nment sources said in the case of Pfizer, the discussions around the indemnity clause that the company wants to be exempted had progressed well and the issue of supplies had to be sorted out for the vaccines to be delivered to India. The mRNA vaccine is authorised for use in almost 50 nations, including the US, EU, UK, Canada, Singapore and South Korea.
Earlier, Pfizer had also said it wanted to deal with the Centre. The company has been in talks with the go nment to enter India and has sought certain exemptions and safeguards. It has followed a similar model across most countries.
Besides, most companies are facing capacity constraints given the massive demand for vaccines around the globe.
Pfizer and BioNTech are looking to ramp up production to 2.5 billion doses by the end of the year. Moderna, for instance, is ho to make 800 million to a billion shots this year, with its manufacturing capacity projected to touch 3 billion doses in 2022.
But our PM is incompetent to deal with current devastating situation. Bodies are piling up.
Some people are too busy in criticizing Modi... he has already given 185 "million" vaccine shots... before criticizing Modi, can you pls expn YOUR own contribution towards the nation????
Entire world knows the gutter po itics played by opposition CM’s. Hence these companies do not wish to deal with them.
Moderna and Pfizer don't want to deal with corrupt and inefficient State go nments. Their own reputation is at stake.
That is how it done in every country. Fedral Govenment is suppose to handle the vaccines and distribution..
Another policy disaster by govt of India to ask states to arrange their own vaccines
GOOD ...! BECAUSE THESE COMPANIES KNOW EACH OF THESE OPPOSITION PARTIES ARE CONCERNED MORE FOR HOW MUCH COMMISSION THEY EARN RATHER THAN THE VACCINATION OF PEOPLE !
Center has made everything it private property, to play po itics with opposition states, even in this pandemic when thousand of lives lost daily.
Authorities are making best efforts. What else can anyone do. Have patience.
Do the states think they have more power and skills more than the centre. Stupid!
First, the shameless opposition said that vaccine procurement was too centralized and they wanted to buy their own. Now, these fools are getting a taste of their own medicine. Which company would want to sell to a small state or municipality?
Why Support Antiindia Corrupt
companies belive Modi...powerful people building pressure for vaccines...not again states will have to beg Modi...abusing modi not gonna work ....
When everything worked out well last year, not one of you came out applauding Modi. Now that things have taken a turn for worse, you hold one person accountable?
Pfizer is manufacturing 30 cr vaccines per month. But serum and bharat biech are manufacturing only 4 cr per month and serum cm biggest vaccines maker of world. Why such false cm by serum?
Covan not recognised by WHO, not sure how effective is Covishield as well? Better to get vsccinated with Pfizer/ Moderna.
the centre was incapable. at least the states tried their best giving global tenders. that the states are issuing global tenders itself means people have started thinking the centre is incapable.
Everyone understand vaccination for pandemic should be managed & lead by central go nment... why Modiji keep quite in this critical time & mess up with country?
A good slap on the faces of the opposition ruled states and BMC , who thought they could steal a march over the Central go nment by floating "Global Tenders". These stupid people must realise that there is a world wide shortage of the COVID 19 vaccine.
Central govt is slee. Pls dont disturb them. Pls help the people
Yes but the center isn't capable enough to deal with the situation.
high time India should think of population control as it is too difficult to manage such large numbers in a crisis of such magnitude