Another big factor working against inclusion of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in the public immunisation drive is the cold chain requirement as both the vaccines need temperatures below zero. This can be maintained only in big hospitals in state hospitals or large metros.

Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines are unlikely to be included in India’s public free immunisation drive for all adults above 18 years of age, but the government will facilitate procurement of the two vaccines, people aware of the matter said.

The high cost of the two vaccines is likely to act as a deterrent for bulk procurement and inclusion in the public immunisation drive, they said

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