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The Indian government has invited Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna Inc. to sell their vaccine in India.

Pfizer held talks with the Indian government to get approval, while Johnson & Johnson and Moderna have also been asked to sell vaccines to India.

Pfizer held talks with the Indian government to get approval, while Johnson & Johnson and Moderna have also been asked to sell vaccines to India.As India grapples with the second wave of coronavirus, it faces a shortage of oxygen, hospital beds, and vaccines. The number of daily cases reported has crossed 3.5 lakhs. The infection has also spread to the hinterland, thus crippling India's health infrastructure. The government has recently expanded the vaccination drive to benefit everyone above 18 years. However, the vaccination count has gone down as companies struggle to boost supplies. All this while India has been relying on two domestic vaccine manufacturers - Bharath Biotech and SII- for the supplies.

With the demand for vaccines shooting up and to control the virus spread, the central government has decided to import vaccines from foreign countries. In a meeting of the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC) held on April 11, it was decided that any vaccines approved by WHO and by authorities in the U.S., Britain, Japan, and Europe can be imported. The decision is expected to make way for Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna vaccines to be used in India.

Pfizer has said it was trying for an expedited approval pathway for its vaccines, and Russia's Sputnik vaccine has already been approved for use in India.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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