Hindustan Times (Lucknow)

Odisha CM seeks states’ consensus on jab supply


Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday called for a consensus between states on asking the Centre to procure and distribute Covid-19 vaccines, and pointed out that global tenders being floated directly by the states were not yielding results.

In a letter to his counterpar­ts, which comes amid accusation­s from some states that the Centre has left them to fend for themselves as vaccine supplies are unable to match demand or capacity, Patnaik said that while administra­ting vaccines must be decentrali­sed, procuremen­t should not be.

Global vaccine manufactur­ers are looking to the Union government for clearances and assurances, and are unwilling to get into contracts with the state government­s, Patnaik said in the letter to the chief ministers.

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