Odisha To Invite Global Tenders For Covid-19 Vaccine
The Odisha government has decided to invite global tenders from vaccine manufacturers for the procurement of the Covid-19 vaccine. The state is currently facing a shortage of vaccines, and as a result, a slowdown in inoculation.
The State government seeks to procure Covid-19 vaccines from the big national and international manufacturers. CM Naveen Patnaik has also urged the Centre to exempt imported vaccines from all tax liabilities.
Chief Secretary Suresh Mohapatra confirmed that the Health and Family Welfare Department has been given the green signal to invite global tenders. “It will help in quickly covering vulnerable populations, save lives and restore the livelihoods of people. A technical committee will be formed to work out the details,” Mohapatra said.
“Vaccination is the shield against Covid today and in the future when we might face another wave of this infection. We are working on a mission mode to vaccinate maximum citizens as soon as possible,” he added.
Notably, Odisha becomes the fifth state after Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Maharashtra to float global tenders to procure vaccines from international manufacturers.
Odisha is currently facing the wrath of the deadly second wave of Covid-19. Over 26 districts in the state are now tagged as red zones having more than 1000 actives cases. The State reported 9793 new cases in the last 24 hours with Khurda, Sundergarh and Cuttack districts alone accounting for about one-third of the total cases.