Mumbai civic body floats global tender for vaccines, restricts China

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Company (BMC) on Wednesday floated an expression of curiosity (EOI) to obtain 10 million vaccine doses from vaccine producers overseas. The choice was taken by the BMC on Monday to hurry up the vaccination course of.

In line with BMC, all clearances (from the Centre) relating to Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses should be taken by the producers themselves. Nonetheless, it has barred Chinese language vaccine producers from taking part within the procurement course of by proscribing the participation of nations sharing borders with India.

In a press release issued on Wednesday, the BMC mentioned, “To produce one crore (10 million) doses of Covid prevention vaccine, BMC has revealed a World Expression of Curiosity (EoI) inviting numerous corporations to submit proposals. This discover has been revealed right now (Could 12, 2021) and in response to this, EoI are to be submitted to the BMC by 1pm on Could 18, 2021. The proposals can be unveiled on the identical day, Could 18, 2021, at 3pm. If the BMC points a piece order, the complete vaccine should be provided to the involved corporations inside three weeks.”

This comes two days after chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday gave a nod for the BMC to drift a worldwide tender. Mumbai suburbs guardian minister Aaditya Thackeray on Monday had tweeted, “Wanting on the want for satisfactory vaccines to make sure that vaccination is swift & environment friendly, after discussing the difficulty with CM Uddhav Thackeray ji, as guardian minister of Mumbai, now we have requested BMC to discover prospects of worldwide procurement of vaccines.”

Municipal commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal mentioned, “BMC has floated world bid to obtain one crore Covid vaccines on the earliest. BMC has resolved to make each doable effort in future and likewise to amass ample amount of Covid vaccines to vaccinate all eligible residents of Mumbai on a war-footing within the subsequent 60-90 days.”

P Velrasu, further municipal commissioner of the BMC mentioned, “We have now floated simply the expression of curiosity, and have put a situation that each one certification and approvals vaccine producers will want, they should get it from the federal government of India, drug controller. The EoI, for now, is to obtain ten million doses, and relating to indemnity points, now we have talked about that one of the best worldwide follow can be adopted. In the end, all of us can be sure by situations of the Central authorities.”

Velrasu additionally confirmed that BMC has additionally put a situation that candidates shouldn’t belong to nations sharing borders with India, which can limit the entry of Chinese language vaccine producers.

Additional, contemplating a number of vaccines from the western nations require chilly storage mandating temperature in minus, the BMC has made it obligatory for producers to rearrange for such a facility. The BMC within the EOI doc has acknowledged, “BMC has chilly storage services consisting of walk-in cooler (WIC) 2 in no. with 40 cum capability every. The temperature of WIC is+20 to +80C. If the covid vaccine requires storage and temperature necessities apart from that accessible with the B, C, the applicant should present the required storage facility for the Covid Vaccine, until the vaccination factors. At the moment, MCGM has 20 hospitals and 240 vaccination centres.”

The doc additional provides, “The applicant ought to have their very own chilly chain transporting system from their manufacturing unit or ought to have a sound contract with a transporting agent having services to move Covid Vaccines below chilly chain norms to the storage facility / any of the hospitals/ vaccination centres inside BMC jurisdiction.”

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