Facing vaccine shortage, these states decide to float global tenders to procure Covid jabs

With India dealing with an acute scarcity of vaccines amidst a ferocious second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, a number of states have determined to drift world tenders to obtain the jabs to ramp up the inoculation drive.

A number of states, which have been witnessing an enormous caseload previously few weeks, have been pressured to close vaccination facilities amid vaccine scarcity even because the third section of the immunization programme is underway.

On Could 1, the central authorities had opened up vaccination for all residents above 18 years of age. An evaluation of district-wise knowledge obtained by The Indian Specific has revealed that as many as two-thirds of all districts reporting a positivity fee of greater than 20 per cent — an index of the pandemic’s present severity and its potential unfold — have reported an alarming dip in vaccination after the Centre’s new norms kicked in Could 1.

Based on the Liberalised Pricing and Accelerated Nationwide COVID-19 Vaccination Technique, COVID-19 vaccination is free at authorities vaccination centres that obtain doses from the Centre for eligible inhabitants teams comprising healthcare employees, frontline employees and other people above the 45 years of age.

Nonetheless, states and personal hospitals have to obtain vaccines to immunise individuals within the age group of 18 to 44 years.

Here’s a checklist of all states which have determined to drift world tenders to obtain Covid vaccines. 

Delhi

With the nationwide capital grappling with the second wave and vaccine scarcity, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Tuesday mentioned that the Delhi authorities will float a world tender for procuring coronavirus vaccines.

Addressing a press convention, Sisodia alleged that the BJP-ruled Centre was “forcing” state governments to ask world tenders for vaccine procurement, including that the Central authorities needs states to compete and battle with one another within the worldwide marketplace for vaccines.

Karnataka

The Karnataka authorities has determined to obtain two crore vaccine doses by world tender as a way to meet the elevated demand and to facilitate vaccination of the age group of 18-44 years, Deputy Chief Minister and state COVID activity pressure head CN Ashwath Narayan mentioned on Tuesday.

Along with this, an order has already been positioned for 3 crore vaccine doses — one crore Covaxin and two crore Covishield, he mentioned.

The choice was taken at a high-level assembly he chaired, his workplace mentioned in an announcement. “Until now, we had depended solely on vaccines equipped by the central authorities and it was not procured from the open market by floating tender. Now, it has been instructed to drift the tender and to finish the method inside seven days,” Narayan mentioned.

Telangana

The Telangana cupboard Tuesday determined to ask world tenders for the procurement of vaccines to inoculate the state’s total inhabitants. The choice was made together with the imposition of a 10-day full lockdown within the state.

Odisha

Amid an acute scarcity of vaccines, the Odisha authorities on Monday determined to drift a world tender for procuring the vaccines, Chief Secretary S C Mohapatra mentioned. The choice was made at a Cupboard assembly chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

The Odisha State Medical Company (OSMC) will float the worldwide e-tender, a authorities notification mentioned. The state authorities constituted a 10-member Technical Committee and nine-member Managerial Committee to oversee the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines by the worldwide tender, the notification mentioned.

The Cupboard additionally allowed the state authorities to exert stress on the Centre for exemption of taxes like GST on vaccines, medicines and tools required for the remedy of coronavirus sufferers.

Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh authorities had earlier this month floated world e-tenders to obtain 4 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines from licensed producers. On-line short-term world e-tenders have been invited from licensed producers for provide of 40 million doses of Covid vaccine, Uttar Pradesh Medical Provide Company Restricted (UPMSCL) officers mentioned final week.

State officers on Tuesday mentioned that UP could instantly procure a considerable amount of worldwide COVID-19 vaccines corresponding to Sputnik V and people developed by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

After taking a call to manage the COVID vaccine to all above 18, CM Yogi Adityanath on April 29 had determined to drift world tenders to buy four-five crore doses of vaccines.

Maharashtra

Final month, the Maharashtra authorities mentioned it would float a world tender for COVID-19 vaccines and Remdesivir injections. On April 27, the state authorities floated a world tender to obtain 10 lakh Remdesivir vials, 40,000 oxygen concentrators and 25,000 metric tonnes of oxygen within the wake of a surge in Covid-19 circumstances. In the meantime, reviving its plan to obtain vaccines for Mumbai independently, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Company (BMC) has determined to concern a world tender for buy of about 50 lakh doses to ramp up Mumbai’s immunization drive. The BMC is within the means of finalizing the principles of the worldwide tenders to be floated this week, officers mentioned.

Andhra Pradesh

Officers mentioned the Andhra Pradesh authorities will float a world tender in a day or two for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines from overseas producers to finish the vaccination course of as shortly as potential.

“We’re exploring the choice of shopping for the vaccine from any overseas producer since there’s a brief provide of Covishield and Covaxin,” the state’s Principal Secretary (Well being) Anil Kumar Singhal mentioned.

With PTI inputs

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