Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has written to all chief ministers on centralised procurement of vaccines by the Authorities of India and requested them to affix arms within the struggle in opposition to COVID-19. CM Patnaik mentioned that he additionally spoke to some chief ministers who shared his views and asserted that no state is secure except all states undertake vaccination as a prime precedence.
Sharing his letter on Twitter, Patnaik mentioned that states shouldn’t be competing with one another in getting vaccines and united efforts are required for vaccine procurement.
“The one technique to protest our individuals in opposition to future waves and supply them with a hope of survival is vaccination. Nations which have centered on vaccination program have seen a exceptional enchancment of their COVID state of affairs. We have now to supply this therapeutic contact to our individuals. No state is secure except all of the states undertake vaccination because the topmost precedence and execute it on war-footing,” mentioned Patnaik in his letter.
He mentioned the target can’t be achieved if states preserve battling amongst each-others for procuring vaccines.
“…best choice obtainable is for Authorities of India to centrally procure the vaccines and distribute it among the many States in order that our residents are vaccinated on the earliest,” mentioned the Odisha CM.
He additionally known as for the decentralisation of the vaccination programme.
“On the identical time, the execution of the vaccination program must be decentralised and States allowed the flexibleness to find out their very own mechanism to make sure common vaccination,” he mentioned.
Wrote to all CMs for a consensus on centralised procurement of vaccines by GOI in view of the challenges confronted by states. Spoke to some CMs who shared my views. No State is secure except all States undertake vaccination as a prime precedence & execute it on war-footing. pic.twitter.com/lMkpjDeYRg
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) June 2, 2021
Patnaik mentioned that that is the best problem that the nation has confronted since Independence. “We’ll put aside no matter variations we have now and are available collectively within the true spirit of Cooperative Federalism for saving treasured lives and hard-earned livelihoods. We as a ‘crew’ owe it to our Residents,” mentioned Patnaik.
Notably, CM Naveen Patnaik had additionally floated a world tender for procurement of vaccines however acquired little response. Yesterday, the Odisha authorities sought the Centre’s statutory clearance to pick an acceptable bidder for its international tenders. The state had additionally amended sure clauses within the doc to offer extra possibilities to international vaccine producers to take part within the international tender, the deadline of which has been prolonged from Could 28 to June 4. Nonetheless, seeing the difficulties in vaccine procurement, he has lastly written to all of the CMs looking for consensus on the difficulty.