Center Should Launch Common Global Vaccine Tender on Behalf of States: Government of Maharashtra | India News
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MUMBAI: Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Stop on Thursday demanded that the Union government float a single global coronavirus tender vaccines on behalf of all states to avoid “unhealthy competition.”
He made the suggestion during a video conference between the Union’s health minister Hard Vardhan and their counterparts from six states that have been severely affected by the pandemic, Tope told reporters here.
“If each state initiates a floating global tender, vaccine manufacturers will benefit. The Union government should review the total requirement for vaccines in the country and launch a common tender,” he said.
“There shouldn’t be any unhealthy competition between the states … It wouldn’t look good,” Tope added.
The Center last month it asked states to buy vaccines directly from the market for inoculation of people in the 18-44 age group. It will purchase 50 percent of the production from Indian vaccine manufacturers and distribute it to states for inoculation of the 45-plus age group, the Center said.