Prime News, National (New Delhi), June 2:- The government is likely to grant indemnity to foreign vaccines Pfizer and Moderna in India, sources said on Wednesday. However, it will be along the lines of the approach taken by the USA and other countries that have rolled out the aforesaid vaccines. “It is expected to grant indemnity against legal proceedings along the lines of what has been granted in other countries for Pfizer and Moderna vaccine companies,” ANI quoted government sources as saying.
The pending indemnity clause is causing delays in the emergency nod to the vaccines. With the current development, foreign-made vaccines are expected to come to India soon.
Dr. VK Paul, who is also a NITI Aayog member, had earlier informed that Pfizer had requested indemnity against liability from all nations including their country of origin, the United States.
“They have requested indemnity against liability to all the nations, even the US. We are examining this request. We will take decisions in the larger interest of people. It is under discussion but there is no decision as of now,” he had added.
Meanwhile, in another development, India’s apex drug regulator has waived the requirement of testing every batch of foreign-made COVID-19 vaccines by the Central Drugs Laboratory, Kasauli and post-launch bridging trials for such firms, a move that will bolster the availability of vaccines.
The decision by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) comes in the backdrop of Pfizer and Cipla putting forth similar demands during negotiations to supply imported vaccines to India. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).