Pfizer, Moderna refused to sell vaccines directly to us, says Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said vaccine manufacturers Pfizer and Moderna have refused to sell doses directly to his government.

“They have said that they will deal with the Government of India alone,” news agency ANI quoted Kejriwal as saying.

“I appeal to the Centre to import vaccines and distribute to the states,” he said.

His statement comes after COVID vaccine manufacturer Moderna refused to send vaccines directly to the Punjab government.

The vaccination drive for the young (18-44 age-group) has been put on hold in Delhi due to a severe vaccine crunch, and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday asked the Centre to supply more vaccines to the capital so that it can re-start the drive.

Delhi needs 80 lakh doses of vaccines each month but for May it received only 16 lakh. And there won’t be much relief next month either. Delhi has been promised only 8 lakh doses in June. Kejriwal said at this pace, it will take 30 months to vaccinate all in the capital.