The vaccine alliance under the name ‘Gavi’ that is with World Health Organization, has been working towards providing vaccines to all under-developed countries of the world. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have reached Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. However, these vaccines have still not reached the Indian market.
The reason for the delay is the approval process that requires India to provide the vaccine makers with ‘legal protection’ if any severe side effects occur because of their vaccines. The Indian government officials are in continuous dialogue with Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.
The Gavi officials said that it is mandatory for the vaccine makers to have legal protection. This would mean that any major side effect occurring because of the vaccine will not result in any legal action against the vaccine maker.
Moderna has already applied for permission to conduct trials in India. Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson have not yet applied for permission. The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has already granted permission to Moderna for conducting trials.
The side effects from the vaccines are very well-known and the vaccine makers have said that the chances of major side effects are quite rare. However, the question of legal protection is still there. The Indian pharmaceutical company Cipla has agreed to handle the legal issues on behalf of Moderna, but Moderna has declined the offer.