Odisha grew to become the fifth state after Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Maharashtra to drift international tenders to acquire vaccines for worldwide producers and requested the Centre to exempt imported vaccines from all tax liabilities to scale back the burden on its funds. The transfer got here at a gathering chaired by chief minister Naveen Patnaik.
In the course of the assembly, it was additionally determined to type a technical staff for swift procurement of vaccines and vaccination.
Odisha is looking for to import vaccines to vaccinate its folks within the 18-44 age group. At present, the state is getting Covishield and Covaxin vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech respectively.
The state expects to get the Sputnik V vaccine, with an efficacy of 91 per cent, that was invented by Russia’s Gamaleya Analysis Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology. Sputnik V lately obtained central approval for manufacturing and use in India.
The federal government’s resolution to drift international tender got here because the vaccination drive has slowed down as a consequence of a poor provide of vaccines. On Monday, a number of senior residents in districts like Balasore, Keonjhar and Bhadrak, who had come to a vaccination centre to take the second dose, staged dharna protesting the unavailability of the Covid-19 vaccine.
The beneficiaries alleged that they’ve been visiting the centre each different day for the second jab, however to no avail. Up to now 62,84,644 doses of Covaxin and Covishield have been given to beneficiaries.
In one other transfer to strengthen Odisha’s preparedness to battle the second wave of Covid-19, the Cupboard has additionally authorized amendments in Industrial Coverage Resolutions 2015 incentivising the manufacturing of medical oxygen within the state. It will provide advantages to these manufacturing medical oxygen and containers.
Whereas appreciating the laborious work and sacrifices of Covid-19 warriors throughout the state, the CM expressed heartfelt gratitude to the folks for his or her cooperation within the battle towards the pandemic.