The National Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration in opposition to Covid-19 is in common talks with offshore producers, together with Moderna, for importing Covid vaccines, however the precise quantity of doses to be imported and their method of allocation haven’t been finalised but, the federal government knowledgeable Parliament on Tuesday.
In a written reply to a query within the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar mentioned as on July 16, a complete of 2.61 lakh doses of the Sputnik V vaccine have been administered within the nation.
On how the federal government plans the allocation of the Moderna vaccine and the quantity of doses to be procured, the minister mentioned, “The NEGVAC (National Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration against Covid-19) is in regular dialogue with offshore Covid-19 vaccine producers together with Moderna for import of Covid vaccines. However, the precise quantity of doses to be imported and their method of allocation haven’t been finalised but.”
On the present standing of the arrival of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in India, Pawar mentioned the Covid-19 vaccine manufactured by Moderna has been authorised for restricted use in emergency scenario by the Drugs Controller common of India (DCGI), whereas the one manufactured by Pfizer shouldn’t be but authorised by the nationwide medication regulator.
No doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have to date been obtained beneath the US donation programme, the minister mentioned in response to a different query, including that the NEGVAC is deliberating with offshore producers, together with Moderna and Pfizer, for the procurement of vaccines.