During a book launch on Friday, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya told the press that the government of India denied all the objectionable demands of global manufacturers of COVID19 vaccines.
During the book launch, Mandaviya said, “we told them to do business here in India but on India’s terms and conditions. We clearly denied liability waiver and other objectionable terms in the contract. They also wanted a sovereign guarantee waiver. PM Modi visited vaccine manufacturer companies, motivated scientists and manufacturers. We launched the Make in India vaccine in the country in nine months.”
Dr VK Paul, member (health) Niti Aayog said, “we always invited other vaccine manufacturers to join hands with us to develop and manufacture vaccines on our soil. We have always been conveying this. But their conditions were on liability waiver and sovereign immunity waiver that was not accepted by the government, and therefore the negotiations could never get floated. By that time we had our own generous supply of vaccines.”
The book titled “Nation To Protect” is written by Priyam Gandhi Mody on how the country fought against the COVID19 pandemic. The book contains the role of PM Modi in fighting COVID and several statements of Union Ministers including the Health minister’s quote.