Many states have floated international tenders for vaccines as doses for the 18 to 44 age group fall brief, however Bihar, dominated by BJP ally Nitish Kumar, has determined in opposition to it.
Bihar Well being Minister Mangal Pandey indicated that the state is unlikely to go looking for international vaccines.
“See how different states floated international tenders and what the outcomes had been,” Mr Pandey informed NDTV, when requested why Bihar had not floated any international tenders to purchase vaccines straight.
“We obtained 1 crore 1 lakh vaccines. 98 lakh individuals have been vaccinated until Sunday,” the minister mentioned.
Bihar reportedly determined to decide out of with race after it was informed that international vaccine makers wouldn’t entertain particular person states when nations had been on the forefront with all of the ensures.
BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh has reportedly additionally determined to not take that route, in line with sources.
A number of states introduced they’d attempt to purchase vaccines straight from worldwide producers after the shortage of doses slowed down or halted vaccinations that had been opened to all adults on Could 1.
To this point, that course of has not produced any outcomes.
Vaccine-makers Pfizer and Moderna have mentioned as a matter of coverage they are going to take care of the centre as a substitute of states.
Moderna told the Punjab government that their policy was to take care of the Authorities of India and never with any state authorities or personal events.
The Punjab authorities had approached for Sputnik V, Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson, however solely Moderna responded, that too within the damaging.
Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have additionally floated tenders, however the response to Punjab’s makes an attempt signifies it’s largely a symbolic and fruitless transfer.
Others like Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Telangana have additionally opted for international tenders.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that as a substitute of leaving it to states, the Centre ought to import COVID-19 vaccines at a nationwide degree.
“Now we have spoken to Pfizer, Moderna for vaccines and each the businesses have refused to promote vaccines on to us. They’ve mentioned that they are going to take care of the Authorities of India alone. We enchantment to the Centre to import vaccines and distribute to the states,” Mr Kejriwal mentioned immediately.
The Centre’s new coverage permits states and personal hospitals to purchase vaccines straight from producers, who, nonetheless, say they are going to prioritise the central authorities and would not have the assets to fulfill the present nationwide demand.
India has been utilizing Serum Institute of India’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin thus far within the vaccination drive that started in January. Russia’s Sputnik might be third vaccine for use.