Pfizer has sought faster approval from the government saying its Covid vaccine shows "high effectiveness" against the India-dominant variant of the virus which has brought a devastating second wave of the infection in the country.
New Delhi: The Centre has put Pfizer's request for indemnity under consideration and will come up with a solution that benefits people at large, NITI Aayog member (Health) VK Paul said on Friday. The leader also signaled that the company could possibly start shipping their vaccine to India. Pfizer, an American pharmaceutical giant, has developed the anti-covid vaccine with German company BioNtech.
Mr Paul said: "Yes we are engaged with Pfizer and they have indicated the availability of a certain amount of vaccine in the coming months, possibly starting in July."
"We are looking at what their expectations are from the government and they are looking at what our expectations are from them. That's the process in which this will move. Because they will have to come to India and apply for licensure in India, that's one path and there are imperatives of cold chain and supply."
"They have requested indemnity to all the nations, including the country of origin. We are examining this request and will take a decision in the larger interest of people and on merit. This is under discussion and there is no decision as of now," Mr Paul added.
Pfizer has sought faster approval from the government saying its Covid vaccine shows "high effectiveness" against the India-dominant variant of the virus which has brought a devastating second wave of the infection in the country, PTI reported. Pfizer has also assured that its vaccine has been proven stable for everyone above the age of 12, and can be safely stored for a month in cold storage facilities with a temperature range between two and eight degrees Celsius.
Making it first for children, US health regulators had approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for people between 12 and 15 years of age on May 14. Meanwhile, Canada had approved their shot for children on May 5.