Vaccine Centres Shut In Delhi, Telangana, Maharashtra; Pfizer, Moderna Will Not Sell Vaccines Directly To States
While states began to shut vaccine centres due to supply shortage, Pfizer and Moderna refuse to directly send the doses to the state governments.
The country is currently facing a large vaccine shortage and the states are blaming the centre for it. The vaccine shortage has continued across India for over two weeks now. Delhi has halted the vaccination drive for the 18-44 age category owing to supply shortages. The Delhi government officials further informed that there will be no Covaxin doses left for those aged above 45 years, frontline and healthcare workers in the state. Other states including Punjab, Telangana, and Maharashtra have also reportedly shut down their vaccine centres.
The Punjab government claimed that Moderna refused to send vaccines directly to the state as they only deal with the central government. This was backed by the Delhi government who blamed the centre for the lack of planning regarding the vaccine distribution. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday claimed that US pharmaceutical firms have refused to sell vaccine shots directly to the state. According to him, Pfizer and Moderna have informed that they would only deal with the Centre directly.
As of now, the national capital has received 45.94 lakh vaccine doses for healthcare workers, frontline staff, and those aged above 45 to date. The state has already used 43.79 lakh of the supply and is in dire need of more supplies. However, the COVID-19 crisis seems to have slowly slowed down over time in the country as India’s daily coronavirus cases fell below the 2-lakh mark for the first time since April 14 on Tuesday. The country reported 1,96,427 fresh Covid cases and 3,511 fatalities on Tuesday.
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