Odisha asks Centre for procuring COVID-19 vaccines for State at country-level


Bhubaneawar, June 1: Odisha Government on Tuesday requested the Centre for procuring COVID-19 vaccines for the State, at country-level, as the global vaccine manufacturers have asked for resolution of indemnity issues with Central Government only.

In a letter to Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, State Health Minister Naba Kishore Das said that no State Government has been able to procure vaccines through global bids as there are technical issues and approvals which are required from the Govt of India.

The State Govt has sought the procurement at Union Government-level, cost of which will be borne by the State.

“Odisha Govt reiterated its commitment to provide vaccines free of cost to people and is ready to bear the cost. However, it wants flexibility in distribution of vaccines considering local factors and plans to do away with online registration where there is poor connectivity,” said Das.

“Odisha Government also like to complete priority vaccination of Plus-II students and their family members,” said Das.

Citing that vaccination has been game changer in most countries, he urged early action from Govt of India in this regard to complete the vaccination on war footing before onset of possible third wave.

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