BMC floats global EoI to buy 50L vaccines, 1st local body to do so | Mumbai News

MUMBAI: The BMC on Wednesday floated a world expression of curiosity (EoI) to purchase 50 lakh vaccines (1 crore doses, contemplating two doses per particular person) in a bid to hurry up its inoculation drive.
The EoI, officers mentioned, was floated in a document time of 24 hours after the civic physique received a inexperienced sign from the state authorities to purchase its personal vaccines.

The BMC has mentioned vaccines have to be provided in three weeks after it locations the order. Firms from internationally, besides these from nations sharing a border with India, can participate within the course of. This implies Chinese language vaccine-makers are barred.
Whereas a number of state governments reminiscent of these in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Karnataka have taken an in-principle determination to ask international tenders and procure vaccines, thus far no tender or EoI has been floated by any of them. The BMC, the richest municipal company in Asia, is the primary native physique in India to drift a world EoI to purchase vaccines. Officers mentioned suppliers must submit their bids by Could 18, and they are going to be opened the identical night.
‘Metropolis wants fewer doses, will get faster response’
BMC officers mentioned they’re open to a take care of any authorised vaccine producer that comes ahead to supply the 1 crore doses for which a world expression of curiosity has been floated. Other than Covaxin and Covishield, the civic physique will contemplate Sputnik V, which was developed in Russia and accorded emergency use authorisation in India, and vaccines developed by Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson.
BMC’s determination to drift an EoI could appear at odds with the state’s personal plans, however officers mentioned Mumbai’s wants being fewer, the possibilities of getting a faster response from producers had been increased. Whereas the state might search provides of as much as four crore doses, BMC chief I S Chahal mentioned Mumbai might do with1crore doses to make sure vaccination for all. Greater than 25 lakh doses have been given within the metropolis thus far to varied sections, together with healthcare staff, senior residents and thosein the18+ age-group.
“The applicant ought to have a legitimate licence to fabricate/ export Covid–19 vaccine to India as per specs talked about within the EoI from the Competent Authority and/or Meals and Drug Administration, authorities of India. The vaccine to be provided have to be as per the rules issued by Indian Council for Medical Analysis (ICMR). DCGI approval for provide of the vaccines in India (can also be wanted). The applicant, apart from having personal manufacturing licence, ought to maintain a legitimate WHO GMP certificates issued by the licensing authorities for all of the premises from the place vaccine is being manufactured,” the EoI acknowledged, outlining the eligibility standards.

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