EXCLUSIVE-India's federal government won't import vaccines, leaving it to states -sources - (NASDAQ via NewsPoints Desk)

  • 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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