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Moderna refuses to send vaccine doses directly to Punjab Govt

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Using a broader case definition that includes milder cases with just one symptom and a positive test result, the vaccine was 93% effective starting 14 days after the first dose, Moderna said. "We appeal to the Centre to import vaccines and distribute to the states", Kejriwal told reporters on Monday.

Punjab, with a population of more than 27 million, has had to stop vaccination for some categories of eligible people because of non-availability of shots, having received only about 4.4 million doses from the federal government, the statement said.

The Delhi chief minister's remarks came a day after a senior Punjab official said Moderna had refused to send vaccines directly to the state government stating that it only deals with the Centre.

"We've spoken to Pfizer, Moderna for vaccines, and both the companies have refused to sell vaccines directly to us".

In a press release on Tuesday, the company said its clinical trial in the U.S. showed that the shot produce an immune response against COVID-19 in adolescents similar to the response seen in adults. It has followed a similar model across most countries.

Japan already has agreements to receive 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna by September, 120 million doses from AstraZeneca and 194 million doses from Pfizer.

The deputy chief minister urged the Centre to approve Pfizer and Moderna on war footing.

Since the first week of May, the Delhi government had set up vaccination centres for 18-44 age groups and around 400 centres were opened at government-run schools across the capital, but they are closed now.

"Russia gave approval to its Sputnik vaccine in August previous year and it started mass vaccination in December". We are only playing approval-approval here, whereas 68 countries bought Sputnik vaccines way before and started using them. Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded clearance of the Pfizer Inc.

Moderna does not have an India presence or partner. What is this joke? "The vaccines which the Centre has asked us to buy from outside have not even been approved in the country yet", he said.

Sisodia, who is also Delhi's nodal minister for Covid-19, said all other countries closely monitored vaccine development across the globe and placed orders well in advance. The current capacity is about 85 million doses per month - 70 million doses of Covishield and 15 million doses of Covaxin. He has also said that the Centre should formulate a national policy to vaccinate every person within the next few months by increasing the production.

"In November 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the vaccine manufacturing plant of Serum Institute of India".

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