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Government rejects SII’s plea to export 50 lakh dose of Covishield to UK | India News


NEW DELHI: Despite international pressure and several rounds of negotiations from the Serum Institute of India (SII), the government has rejected the SII’s request to export 50 lakh from Covishield to the UK under its previous commitments.
The decision was made in the wake of severe vaccine supply shortages at the local level and the government insisted that local production be supplied to protect indigenous people first.
States have been asked to approach the Pune-based company to negotiate contracts to purchase these doses to meet local demand. The doses are likely to be used to vaccinate people between the ages of 18 and 44.
“These 50 lakh doses of Covishield vaccine are now available to inoculate people between the ages of 18 and 44. States have been asked to purchase it. Private hospitals can also get them, ”said an official source.
The ministry has asked the states to contact the company and start procurement activity as soon as possible. However, sources said, the labels for these doses may need to be changed. Since the vaccines were packaged for supply to the UK, a different label was put on the vials, but now, since they must be supplied locally, they need a label for them.

Times of India