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Pfizer and Moderna have declined to sell vaccines directly to states in India.

Indian state authorities have confirmed that Pfizer and Moderna have declined to sell vaccines directly to states in India.

Indian state authorities have confirmed that Pfizer and Moderna have declined to sell vaccines directly to states in India.Amid the shortage of vaccines, states have been trying to directly import jabs from the manufacturers to speed up the vaccination process as COVID-19 cases have increased. Many states issued global tenders for vaccine procurement and have temporarily stopped vaccination for people between the age of 18-44 as they ran out of vaccines.

However, the request by states was rejected by the U.S. vaccine manufacturers, according to Delhi CM Kejriwal. He said the companies would only talk to the central government. A senior Punjab official also said that they got the same response from the U.S. vaccine makers.

Punjab Nodal Officer for vaccination Vikas Garg said that the Punjab government reached several manufacturers for direct purchase, including Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, and Gamaleya. Moderna refused to supply vaccines directly to Punjab as its policy allows it to entertain such requests only from the government of India.

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