Kerala CM Supports Odisha For Centralised Procurement Of Covid Vaccines

Bhubaneswar: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has extended his support in the efforts of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for centralised procurement of Covid-19 vaccines and their distribution among States.

“I am grateful for the efforts taken by your goodself. We are in complete agreement that the Centre should procure preventive vaccine against Covid and the administration of vaccination can be left to be managed effectively by the States,” said Vijayan in a letter to Patnaik.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had on June 2 appealed to all Chief Ministers to urge the Government of India for centralised procurement of Covid-19 vaccines and distributing those among States.

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He had stated that the global vaccine manufacturers are looking forward to the Union Government for the clearances and assurances. They are unwilling to get into supply contracts with the State governments. While the domestic vaccine manufacturers are having supply constraints and are not able to commit required supplies.

“Under the above circumstances, the best option available is for the Government of India to centrally procure the vaccines and distribute it among the States so that our citizens are vaccinated at the earliest,” Patnaik had added.

While informing that Odisha Government has written to the Union Government in this regard, the Chief Minister suggested that all the State Governments should come to a consensus on the issue for early resolution of the problem. He asked the States to act fast before any third wave comes and creates further havoc.