The third largest vaccination program in the world has started in India from January 16. Its third phase will start from May 1, in which people between the age of 18-44 will also be included. In order to avoid shortage of vaccine on inclusion of people in this age group in the vaccination program, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to withdraw a global tender for 4 crore vaccines. This decision has been taken by the core committee of the state government. For this, the tender will be issued in a day or two. Please tell that Uttar Pradesh is the most populous state in the country, due to which the supply of vaccine in the third phase is going to prove to be a big challenge.
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Tender will be released for another 4 crores if needed
MSME minister and government spokesperson Siddharth Nath Singh told a talk to Financial Express that the global tender for 4 crore vaccine will be released in a day or two. He informed that initially the tender for 4 crore voyals will be taken out and if needed, a global tender will be issued for 4 crore additional vials. Singh said that a time of 10 days will be given for this so that vaccination can be started as soon as possible.
1 crore vaccine has been ordered
The most populous state in the country is Uttar Pradesh, in which more than 23 crore people live. In such a situation, it is very challenging for the Uttar Pradesh government to arrange vaccines for all people from May 1 to 18-44 years of age. The state government has already placed 50 lakh orders for KoviShield and Kovaxine, but this is not sufficient according to the demand. In such a situation, the state government has decided to arrange the vaccine at the global level.
A separate vaccine will be arranged for the third phase
While announcing the third phase, the central government also said that the vaccine stock that the states / union territory currently holds, cannot be used to plant people between the age of 18-44 in the third phase. This stock can only be used for people over the age of 45 who were included in the second phase of the vaccination drive. In such a situation, the states have to arrange vaccine for the third phase and now only one day remains in it. Singh said that vaccination centers are ready and all the necessary infrastructure has also been prepared, but the biggest challenge is regarding the supply timeline. Singh said that after getting the vaccine from the vaccine manufacturers, the process of the third phase will start.
(Article: Deepa Jainani)