February 26, 2024 09:44 (IST)
Follow us:
facebook-white sharing button
twitter-white sharing button
instagram-white sharing button
youtube-white sharing button
PM Modi inaugurates 9th edition of Raisina Dialogue in Delhi, his Greece counterpart calls India a 'great power' | NHRC sends notices to Bengal Chief Secy, DGP on Sandeshkhali incidents, seeks reports within 4 weeks | ED grills TMC MP Dev for 8 hours in cattle smuggling case in Delhi | ED grills TMC MP Dev for 8 hours in cattle smuggling case in Delhi | BJP is weakening democracy, suppressing voice of Dalits: Rahul Gandhi
Pfizer offers 5 cr Covid19 vaccine doses to India with conditions as External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tours US Pfizer | Coronavirus vaccine
Image Credit: Unsplash

Pfizer offers 5 cr Covid19 vaccine doses to India with conditions as External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tours US

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 26 May 2021, 12:14 am

New Delhi/IBNS: Pfizer has offered 5 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses to India albeit with pre-conditions as the country ramps up production amid a raging pandemic.

Pfizer has asked significant regulatory relaxations in India including indemnification, according to the media reports.

Media had earlier reported Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine is facing hurdles in entering the Indian market over demand for legal protection from any adverse effects that may follow after the use of its jabs.

"The whole problem with Pfizer is the indemnity bond. Why should we sign it?" a government source was quoted as saying by Reuters.

"If something happens, a patient dies, we will not be able to question them (Pfizer). If somebody challenges it in a court of law, the central government will be responsible for everything, not the company," the source added.

It is worth mentioning that in February, Pfizer decided against selling its vaccine in India, withdrawing its application for emergency use authorisation after India said such a trial would be necessary.

Since the Centre is now mulling to enlist all COVID-19 jabs approved in the UK, USA, Japan and by the WHO for a fast-track approval, Pfizer could find entry in India, which is one of the biggest markets in the world.

Another issue that is preventing Pfizer from accessing the Indian market is Indian government's insistence on local trials before introducing the vaccine to the general population, Reuters had reported.

Significantly, the development follows when external affairs minister S Jaishankar is in the United States of America for a five-day tour to the United States and negotiations for a vaccine deal for India and the neighbouring countries are expected.

Media reports said that Pfizer vaccine's requirement for storage at -18 degree Celsius is also a major inhibitor to its widespread use in India in the absence of a more powerful cold chain.

On May 4, Albert Bourla, Pfizer's chief executive said he was hopeful that the Indian government would change its policy of local trials and a solution could be found to sell the vaccine in the Indian market, Reuters had reported.

Support Our Journalism

We cannot do without you.. your contribution supports unbiased journalism

IBNS is not driven by any ism- not wokeism, not racism, not skewed secularism, not hyper right-wing or left liberal ideals, nor by any hardline religious beliefs or hyper nationalism. We want to serve you good old objective news, as they are. We do not judge or preach. We let people decide for themselves. We only try to present factual and well-sourced news.

Support objective journalism for a small contribution.