Covid vaccination in Mumbai: Mumbai seeks to import millions of vaccines to avoid the Covid wave | India News
The municipal corporation is in talks with the state government to allow it to invite bids from global manufacturers, Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal said in an interview on Monday.
“The state government bid can be very large, like 40 million, and no foreign supplier can match that kind of number, but if I only launch 5 million vaccines, the offers can come from two or three companies,” he said. “I’m working on that and it’s a matter of days before we finish something.”
Mumbai is open to any approved vaccine, be it the Russian Sputnik, the Moderna Inc and Johnson & Johnson, or the Pfizer formula. The city will also pay companies extra to maintain a cold chain or other necessary logistics, Chahal said.
India’s richest city was among the nation’s first coronavirus epicenters, but has since seemed to control the spread and is now focused on vaccinating its residents. It has allowed companies and housing societies to have their own vaccination camps under the supervision of a licensed hospital, but the shortage of doses has become a major obstacle.
“Any of the 130 private hospitals can send two nurses and a doctor along with an ambulance to any office or premises of the housing society, they can vaccinate the entire building in two hours and return, which is a kind of door-to-door test of facto, ”Chahal said.
But the city has not received a single dose of Covaxin from Bharat Biotech Ltd in the last 15 days and less than 50,000 doses of Covishield from Serum Institute of India Ltd, which is why appointments at vaccine centers are reserved for the few seconds to open.
“The current method of reserving vaccine slots for 18- to 44-year-olds resonates with the extreme shortage of vaccines,” said Chahal. “They give me 15 million vaccinations and we will do them without an appointment for everyone.”