India In talks with Pfizer, Moderna, J&J for vaccines

Foreign secretary Harsh Shringla said the government has taken several steps to expedite the domestic manufacturing of vaccines while addressing the WHO’s Southeast Asia regional health partners’ forum on Covid-19.

India is in vigorous talks with pharmaceutical giants Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson to source the vaccines, and also from local manufacture of their Covid-19 vaccines while waiting WHO approval for the indigenous Covaxin vaccine, foreign secretary Harsh Shringla said on Thursday. They are also looking into the introduction of Sputnik-V vaccines at the earliest.

He mentioned that we being in the second year of the pandemic are “fighting an exceptionally severe second wave”, and the country has “lived through continuous terrible stresses and shocks” while dealing with “unprecedented economic and social disruptions”.

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