Indian state unable to obtain Covid-19 shots directly from Moderna

Indian state unable to obtain Covid-19 shots directly from Moderna”

Similarly, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said they spoke to Pfizer and Moderna but both refused to sell vaccines directly to the Delhi government.

States and UT must decide on opening of on-site registrations/facilitated cohorts' registration and appointments for 18-44 years age group as an additional measure to minimise vaccine wastage and for facilitating vaccination of eligible beneficiaries in the age group of 18-44 years, the ministry said in its statement.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also lashed out at the Centre for its "poor planning". "The Centre is fully responsible for this dearth of vaccines being faced by the nation now". It failed to manage and sustain its vaccination drive.

Separately, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Monday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to assess state-wise demand for vaccines and float a global tender.

Moderna said Tuesday its COVID-19 vaccine strongly protects kids as young as 12, a step that could put the shot on track to become the second option for that age group in the U.S. After visiting an oxygen depot at Mayapuri on Monday, Kejriwal said, "It is my earnest request to the Centre not to waste any more time in procuring foreign vaccines".

But Moderna won't be the first COVID-19 vaccine maker to score an authorization in children.

The centre, therefore, has to clear Pfizer, Moderna and other vaccines before states can buy them, assuming that they will be able to convince the companies to deal directly with them.

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USA pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson said Monday it has filed for Japanese health ministry approval of its novel coronavirus vaccine through its local unit. "Why is the work not being done with urgency?"

Currently, Moderna's vaccine is only available for Americans aged 18 and older because the initial clinical trial only included adults. "By November, 2020, almost seven months ago, the US and the European Union had procured 700 million vaccine doses". If the second shot is not given, it can pose a serious problem and the first dose may get wasted.

According to Moderna this is 'consistent with a vaccine efficacy of 100 percent'. Drawing the attention of the Centre towards the threat Covid-19 poses to youths, Atishi said those who received both doses developed only mild infections. In fact, 85 nations had given Pfizer the green light, but the Centre had not cleared them.

Of these only Sputnik is now approved for use in India, meaning that even if a deal were to be struck, it will still require the national drug regulator to sign off. The Centre needs to understand the gravity of the situation and immediately procure vaccines from global companies. AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj alleged that the Centre had approved only two vaccine companies and ensured immoral profiteering to them.

Only about three in 10 parents - 29 percent - of children under 18 said they would get their child vaccinated 'right away'.

Use of the AstraZeneca vaccine has been postponed following reports of blood clots in people who received it, as the government considers parameters such as recipients' age. "This means a profit of Rs 1,000 is being made by private players", he claimed. Official sources said there was no response from manufacturers so far. Out of them, Bharat Biotech has struck a deal with only two companies. A national newspaper reported that 16 companies here can produce Covaxin.

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