COVID: Waiver Denied, Other Improper Conditions of Foreign Vaccine Companies, Says Health Minister

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya | Photo credit: ANI

New Delhi: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has revealed that the Union government has refused disclaimers and other objectionable conditions raised by foreign vaccine makers and they have been told to do business on Indian terms.

“We told them to do business here in India, but on India’s terms and conditions. We have clearly denied the liability waiver and other objectionable clauses in the contract,” ANI quoted the Union health minister as saying at a book launch on Friday.

“They also wanted a sovereign guarantee waiver. Prime Minister Modi visited vaccine makers, motivated scientists and manufacturers. We launched an Indian-made vaccine in the country in nine months,” he said. he added.

Yesterday Health Minister Mandaviya launched the book ‘A Nation to Protect’ written by Priyam Gandhi Mody. Dr. VK Paul, Member (Health) Niti Aayog was also present at the event.

Highlighting India’s efforts against the coronavirus pandemic, Dr Paul said: “We have always invited other vaccine manufacturers to join us in developing and manufacturing vaccines on our soil. We’ve always passed it on.”

“However, their terms were a waiver of liability and a waiver of sovereign immunity which were not accepted by the government, and therefore negotiations could never be initiated. At that time, we had our own generous supply of vaccines,” he added.

Over 80% of adults fully immunized in India

Meanwhile, the country has reached a new milestone as more than 80% of the eligible population have been vaccinated with the two doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

“Sabko Vaccine Muft Vaccine! India has crossed the historic figure of administering the two doses of the corona vaccine to 80% of its adult population. With the mantra of Sabka Prayas under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the country is moving forward to fast paced pace towards 100% immunization against Coronavirus,” the Union Health Minister advised in a tweet.

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