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Deputy CM Manish Sisodia says Covaxin maker Bharat Biotech refused to provide additional vaccine doses to Delhi

On Tuesday, Sisodia had announced that the Delhi government will float a global tender for procuring coronavirus vaccines.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday said Covaxin’s maker Bharat Biotech has refused to supply the required vaccine doses to Delhi.

In a press conference, Sisodia said that as stock of Covaxin has finished in Delhi, the state government had asked for a total 1.34 crore doses of two Covid vaccines,67 lakhs each of Covaxin and Covishield to vaccinate those between 18 and 44. However, Bharat Biotech has informed the government of its inability to supply the said doses as it is making dispatches as per directives of concerned government officials.

The Bharat Biotech in a letter has clearly mentioned about unavailability of the vaccines, They said they cannot provide the Delhi government with more than what the official authority i.e Centre has said. They said that the Centre will decide who will get how much vaccine, Sisodia said.

Hitting out at Centre, Sisodia also tweeted, vaccine mismanagement by Centre Gov- Covaxin refuses to supply vaccine citing directives of Gov. & limited availability. Once again I would say exporting 6.6cr doses was biggest mistake. We are forced to shutdown 100 covaxin-vaccination sites in 17 schools due to no supply, he wrote.

Countering his tweet, Bharat Biotech co-founder Suchitra Ella wrote, Covaxin dispatched 10/5/21.18 states have been covered though in smaller shipments. Quite disheartening to the teams to hear some states complaining about our intentions. 50 of our employees are off work due to Covid, yet we continue to work under pandemic lockdowns 24×7 for you, she posted on Twitter.

On Tuesday, Sisodia had announced that the Delhi government will float a global tender for procuring coronavirus vaccines, while accusing the Centre of forcing state governments to compete among themselves in the international market for Covid vaccines.

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Besides Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Telangana have joined several other states which have decided to issue global tenders for procurement of coronavirus vaccines as the domestic supply fails to meet the rising demand amid the raging second wave of the pandemic.

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