US pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Moderna have said they won’t sell vaccines directly to Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said today, stressing that vaccine manufacturers have made it clear “they will deal with the central government”. Vaccine rollout for the 18-44 age group was paused on Saturday due to the shortage of doses.
“We’ve spoken to Pfizer and Moderna for vaccines, and both the manufacturers have refused to sell vaccines directly to us. They have said they will deal with the central government. We appeal to the centre to import vaccines and distribute to the states,” Mr Kejriwal told reporters this afternoon.
His statement come a day after Punjab said Moderna has refused to sell vaccines to the state directly. The Amarinder Singh government had reached out all such manufacturers, according to officials, looking for direct purchases.
Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to increase the supply of doses for the national capital.