India remains engaged with US vaccine manufacturers like Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson for COVID vaccines. Briefing the media virtually today, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, the Government is making all efforts to augment availability of vaccines in India whether through enhanced production in the country or through supply from abroad.
He said, government is also separately engaged with the US administration to ensure that necessary components and raw materials for vaccine manufacturing and production in India are readily available, and that supply chains remain open. This issue was taken up recently during the visit of the External Affairs Minister to the US. Mr Bagchi said, it is in mutual interest to combat the global pandemic by expediting vaccination efforts.
Regarding the US government’s announcement of making vaccines available to other countries, the spokesperson said, the Government is waiting for the details on this.