Maharashtra News: The Maharashtra government may now take a call, to call off all global vaccine tenders to further stop vaccine procurement from global companies from eight companies as they fail to provide the manufacturer’s authorization letter.
As Maharashtra floated a global tender to procure vaccines for the third phase of vaccination to inoculate age group 18-44 years old, eight companies based from UAE, US, India, UK, Australia and Mexico responded to the tenders to offer Pfizer, Sputnik V, Covishield, Johnson and Johnson and Moderna vaccines.
But as the state asked all companies that responded for an authorization letter to confirm the tie-up between the state and the manufacturer, along with GMP certification, schedule for delivery and other certifications none of the states responded back with the necessary documents with the authorization letter.
The companies as well asked for a letter of intent from the state government stating their intention to purchase the stock of vaccines, but since the manufacturers did not come up with any authorization letter the state government also declined to provide any letter of intent to them.
The companies that responded to the state’s global tender only work on a commission basis executing import/export deals with distributors in the state. Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson clarified they have no tie-ups with any distributors but RDIF clarified that it does have a tie-up with Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories in India.
Maharashtra, for the month of June is set to receive a total of 10 lakh Bharat Biotech Covaxin doses and 62.87 lakh SII Covishield doses from Central government, of which 17.72 lakh doses will be transferred in the first fortnight itself.
And, the state government will procure 24.15 lakh SII Covishield doses and 4.74 lakh from Bharat Biotech Covaxin doses under its own state quota.