Pfizer Refuses to send vaccine to Punjab but praises its "Extraordinary Efforts"

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On Monday Pfizer has refused to send Covid-19 vaccines to the state government of Punjab stating the same reason as moderna gave to Delhi yesterday. The reason is that the pharmaceutical companies do not want to deal with the state governments as the supply of the vaccine is only for national governments and supranational organisations." Our supply agreements at this time are with national governments and supra-national organisations with allocation of doses and implementation within the country being a decision that governments take based on relevant health authority guidance. This approach Pfizer has followed across the world," the communication from Pfizer read. This company has turned down the Punjab government request by saying that it is "working with Federal Governments across the world to supply its Covid-19 vaccine for use in National Immunization programs," according to Vikas Garg, Punjab's Nodal Officer for vaccination. This initiative to approach the vaccine producers over the world was after receiving the directions of chief minister Amarinder Singh to procure the vaccines to ensure rapid inoculation in Punjab. "All efforts would be made for procurement of vaccines to meet the acute shortage in the state," Mr Garg further added. Now Punjab hopes for a positive reply from RDIF and Johnson & Johnson.

Source- NDTV

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