Naveen, who had taken a lead in constructing a consensus amongst chief ministers to request the Centre to purchase the Covid vaccines for the states, tweeted: Each life is treasured. Nobody is secure till each one is vaccinated. As a nation we stand united on this combat towards #Covid19 pandemic. Thank PM Shri @narendramodi ji for making vaccination a nationwide mission.
Citing poor response to tenders floated by the states to obtain the vaccines from world gamers, Naveen had on June 2 written to his counterparts to step up the strain on the Centre to obtain the vaccines and distribute them among the many states. He had additionally sought to induce the Centre, together with the opposite states, to permit them flexibility in vaccine distribution.
Following the PM’s announcement, the federal government authorities mentioned Odisha is not going to proceed additional with the worldwide e-tender to purchase the Covid vaccines.
Further chief secretary (well being) Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra, mentioned, “We’re awaiting the official communication from the Centre. The state authorities will take a call after that. Nevertheless, if the Centre provides the vaccines, the state would clearly not proceed with the e-tender.”
The Odisha State Medical Company Restricted had floated the tender to purchase 3.80 crore doses. Two bidders have already utilized to provide the vaccines. The monetary bid for the e-tender is scheduled to open on June 9.
On the state’s buy orders already positioned with Bharat Biotech and Serum Institute of India, Mohapatra mentioned issues shall be clear after the Centre points contemporary set of pointers.
Sources mentioned the federal government will, nonetheless, not cancel the acquisition orders for Covaxin and Covishield in a rush and can anticipate the Centre’s recommendation and pointers on this. Because the Centre’s transfer shall be applied from June 21, the state would proceed the present preparations of vaccinating folks within the 18-44 age group from the vaccines procured by it until then or as suggested by the Centre, the sources added.