India's government will not import COVID-19 vaccines but expects states and companies to do so, as reported NASDAQ on Monday.
Two government officials said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government aims to support domestic vaccine makers by guaranteeing purchases from them.
While Modi has opened vaccinations for all adults from next month, supplies are already running short.
"The situation is desperate," one of the government officials, adding that "India will allow import of vaccines" by local partners of the drug companies but the federal government "won't buy."
Pfizer has said it is talking to India's government about vaccines, while Johnson & Johnson has sought approval to conduct a small local trial but made no plans to market its vaccine in India.
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