India Scraps Local Trials for 'Well-Established' Foreign COVID-19 Vaccines

Katie Ramirez
May 28, 2021

India reported 211,298 new infections on Thursday, the world's highest daily rise, but almost half the daily infections it recorded earlier this month.

Thursday's move will allow imports of shots developed by Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna with which India has been in talks with little success.

Just about 3% of the country's 1.3 billion people have been fully vaccinated, the lowest rate among the 10 countries with the most COVID-19 cases.

Paul said the central government has remained engaged continuously with all the major global vaccine manufacturers from mid-2020.

Experts believe that figure grossly underestimates the actual toll.

She added that they have enough supply for British Columbians to receive a second dose of AstraZeneca and she's not anxious about expiration dates, meaning people will have time to make a proper decision.

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The Trump administration had said it suspected the virus may have escaped from a Chinese lab, which Beijing denies . Director Yuan Qiming said in "These allegations are baseless". "Those claims are groundless", he said.

"We have spoken to Pfizer and Moderna for vaccines, and both the companies have refused to sell vaccines directly to us. We will take a decision in the larger interest of people and based on merits.There is no decision as of now", Paul said.

India achieved a significant landmark in its ongoing COVID-19 vaccination drive as the cumulative number of coronavirus vaccines administered surpassed 20 crore mark on Wednesday, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MohFW).

In its latest communication to the government, Pfizer has also thanked the Government of India to have agreed to its request for procurement through a central government pathway and to discuss "the Indemnity and Liability protection". Sources said that India and Russian Federation are planning to manufacture around 35-40 million doses every month that will start from August or September.

India has been inoculating its people with the AstraZeneca vaccine produced locally at the Serum Institute, Covaxin made by local firm Bharat Biotech, and has begun rolling out Russia's Sputnik V.

"This is governance failure since India is one of the biggest vaccine producers", Kaushik Basu, a former chief economic adviser to the government, wrote on Twitter.

William Shakespeare, the first man in the world to get an approved Covid-19 vaccine, died in the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire aged 81 after suffering a stroke.

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