New Delhi, July 20 (India Today) – Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, regional director of the World Health Organisation – South-East Asia, on Monday said that India has been offered 7.5 million doses of Moderna vaccine through the global health body’s Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) programme.
However, there is no clarity so far when the jabs would be available in the country as WHO said that the availability is “subject to clearance of indemnity clause.”
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Last month, the Drugs Controller General of India had granted restricted emergency use authorisation to Moderna for its Covid-19 vaccine. The doses are be imported by Indian drug manufacturer Cipla, but will be under the purview of the Central government.
VK PAUL ON MODERNA VACCINE
NITI Aayog member Dr V K Paul had recently said that the government is working actively with Moderna to see how its Covid-19 vaccine can be imported and made available in the country.
“…to and fro (talks) are going on over the contractual specifics. Discussions have not yet concluded. We are making efforts as to it happens at the earliest. We are now expecting to hear from them anytime. Currently, they have to respond to some of the points we have made and we will take it forward,” Dr VK Paul said.
According to sources, the Indian government has put forth certain conditions for finalising the indemnity clause contract and has sent it to the US drug manufacturer for their perusal.
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