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“It cannot be a battle between states …”: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik writes to all CMs, seeks consensus on the acquisition of the Covid Vaccine Center | India News


BHUBANESWAR: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged senior ministers from all Union states and territories to reach consensus on centralized procurement of global Covid-19 vaccines by the Center rather than the states compete with each other.
“This cannot be a battle between states to compete with each other for vaccines,” Odisha CM said in a letter written to all senior ministers.
Calling the Covid pandemic “perhaps the greatest challenge we have faced together as a nation after the fight for independence,” Naveen Patnaik urged leaders to put aside all differences, political or otherwise, to save lives. precious and hard-earned livelihoods.
Odisha CM’s appeal comes on a day when the Supreme Court detained the Center for its paid vaccination policy for the 18-44 age group, calling it “arbitrary.” The high court has also asked all states and territories in the Union to specify their position on the provision of free vaccination within two weeks.
The crucial third phase of vaccination has been interrupted in several states due to vaccine shortages. Some states tried to purchase the vaccine directly, but did not.
The Odisha CM said that he has spoken with some senior ministers in this regard and has also written to the Union government on the matter.
The Odisha CM urged senior ministers to act fast before a third wave hits and creates more havoc.
In his letter, Patnaik cites the multiple waves of infection facing other countries and cautions that India, which has already seen two waves, may be no exception.
“Especially after the second wave, people are very scared by the future waves and variants. All the citizens of India have been affected by this pandemic in one way or another. It could be losing a loved one or losing a work or a company. or simply the mental trauma due to the current situation. None have been spared from this pandemic, “writes Patnaik.
The Odisha CM says that vaccination is the only way to protect our people against future waves and give them hope of survival. “Countries that have focused on the vaccination program have seen a remarkable improvement in their Covid situation. We have to bring this healing touch to our people,” he said, adding, “no state is safe unless all states make vaccination the top priority. ” and execute him on the warpath. ”
After the Union government announced Phase 3 of the vaccine policy and allowed vaccination for more than 18 years and opened the purchase to state governments and the private sector, there has been a great demand for vaccination by the citizens, reported the head of Biju Janata Dal.
“Many states have submitted global bids for the procurement of vaccines. However, it is quite clear that global vaccine manufacturers are looking forward to obtaining authorizations and guarantees from the Union government,” he wrote.
The prime minister of Odisha said: “They are not willing to sign supply contracts with state governments. While domestic vaccine manufacturers have supply limitations and cannot compromise the necessary supplies.”
In the above circumstances, Patnaik believed that the best option available is for the Government of India to procure the vaccines centrally and distribute them among the states so that citizens get vaccinated as soon as possible.
At the same time, the CM of Odisha said that the implementation of the vaccination program should be decentralized and that states have the flexibility to determine their own mechanisms to ensure universal vaccination.
“For example, many mountainous areas cannot access the Internet and therefore online registration has to be flexible, the state can give priority to some vulnerable tribes, etc.,” he said.
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said on May 28 that India will vaccinate all its people against Covid-19 by December 2021.
(With contributions from ANI)

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