The domestic supply of Coronavirus vaccines has dwindled in the face of increased demand due to the deadly second wave of the Coronavirus. As a result, on Tuesday, the names of Delhi, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were added to those countries that are looking for solutions to this crisis in global markets. These four countries also decided to launch an international tender to buy the vaccine.
The central government has talked about providing more than 18 crores of vaccines to the states and federal territories free of charge. But most states complain of severe shortages of vaccines and now priority is given to those who will be given a second dose within a specified period of time.
UP ordered 4 crores vaccinations
Earlier, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha prepared to purchase vaccines through a global tender. The government of Uttar Pradesh issued a global tender in early May for the purchase of Rs 4 crore vaccines. State officials said Tuesday that the UP is largely seeking to purchase Russian Sputnik-5 or direct vaccines developed on behalf of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.
To meet the growing demand and vaccinate the 18-44 age group, 20 million vaccines will be purchased through a global bid. So far we have only relied on central government vaccine supplies. Instructions for placing bids on the open market have now been given to purchase the vaccine and complete all procedures within seven days
– CNN Ashwath Narayan, Deputy Prime Minister, Karnataka
State governments have come under pressure by the central government, which is governed by the BJP, to invite global tenders for the purchase of vaccines. We will also purchase vaccines through a global bidding process.
– Manish Sisodia, Deputy Prime Minister, Delhi
The Telangana government has decided to issue a global tender for the Kovid-19 vaccine.
An official statement from the state government
We are exploring the option of purchasing vaccines from a foreign producer, as there is a crisis of short supply of covishield and covaxine. We will issue the global bid within the next day or two.
Anil Kumar, Secretary General of Health, Andhra Pradesh
A letter to PM written by Kejriwal and YS
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Andhra Pradesh CM YS Mohan Reddy wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Both asked the prime minister to increase domestic production of vaccines.
It may take several months to get vaccinated quickly, Reddy said in the letter. In such a situation, vaccine production can be made faster and cheaper by making vaccine manufacturing technologies available to all of these manufacturing companies. With the prevailing public interest in mind, everyone interested in producing a vaccine should be motivated.
Kejriwal also said in the letter that the center should increase production in the country by sharing the vaccine formulation of Kovishield and Kovacine producers with other qualified drug manufacturers.