Deputy chief minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia on Wednesday tweeted a letter written by Bharat Biotech in response to his demand that additional vaccines for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) be provided to the national capital, and said that the pharmaceutical company refused to comply citing directives of the central government and limited supply.
Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bengaluru’s Bharat Biotech are the only two manufacturers of Covid-19 vaccine in India.
In March-end, as it was becoming difficult for the two firms to meet the vaccine demand even within India, it was decided that the focus will be shifted on domestic vaccination programme instead of exports.
The Delhi government, meanwhile, has been complaining of vaccine shortage for the past week. A day after saying the city’s Covaxin stock was about to get over in one day Covishield’s in another four days, the Delhi government said it had to shut down 125 vaccination centres catering to citizens in the 18-44 age group on Tuesday.
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