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India in talks with Pfizer, COVID vaccine manufacturers for supply: Health Ministry

Pfizer said it was exploring opportunities to make this vaccine available for use in India

November 11, 2020 / 12:57 PM IST

The Health Ministry said on November 10 that its National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 was in talks with “all candidate vaccine manufacturers” for supply to India.

Addressing his daily press conference, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan confirmed that India was considering a tie-up with Pfizer.

"The Group is in talks with all vaccine manufacturers, including domestic and foreign ones. When we continue this dialogue, we not only look at the status of the development of their vaccines, we also look at the regulatory approvals as to where they have progressed and we also engage in a dialogue about the logistical requirements,” Bhushan said.

Bhushan was questioned on the same after Pfizer and BioNTech on November 9 announced their candidate vaccine showed 90 percent effectiveness against COVID-19. The pharma giant has supply deals in place with the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan and the European Union.