NEW DELHI: Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday said Covaxin maker Bharat Biotech had refused to provide “additional” vaccine doses to the Delhi government for those between 18 and 44 years of age, citing that it was doing so as per directives of the concerned government officials.
While Bharat Biotech said it was disappointed with some states making such remarks, this development is expected to further hamper the vaccination drive in the Capital for those between the ages of 18 and 44, with officials already having to close nearly 100 Covaxin centres for lack of stocks.
“The Covaxin manufacturer has in a letter said that it cannot provide the Delhi government vaccines due to unavailability, under instruction of government officials concerned. It means that the central government is controlling supply of the vaccine,” Sisodia said.
However, Joint Secretary in the Union Health Ministry Lav Agarwal on Tuesday denied that the Centre had any role to play in the purchase of vaccines by the states.
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