The decision was made at the Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik as states across the country report shortage in Covid-19 vaccines in the wake of second wave of the pandemic. The Odisha government on Monday decided to float a global tender for procuring the vaccine to inoculate the states entire population, Chief Secretary Mohapatra reported. He said that a technical committee will soon be formed to suggest the state government on how to procure the best quality vaccines being made by leading manufacturers across the world.
“It is felt that complete vaccination is the best way to protect precious lives of the people. Therefore, the Cabinet allowed the state government to go for global tender and get vaccines at the earliest,” Mohapatra said. Meanwhile, Odisha’s COVID-19 caseload on Monday rose to 5,44,873 after 10,031 more people tested positive for the infection, while 17 fresh fatalities pushed the toll to 2,197, a senior health department official said. Moreover, a total of 516 tankers/containers carrying 9465.596 metric tonnes (MT) medical oxygen have been dispatched under the supervision of Odisha police so far from Rourkela, Jajpur, Dhenkanal and Angul districts of Odisha to 11 states in the country facing oxygen shortage due to surging COVID-19 cases.