Maharashtra News: As Mumbai city’s civic body placed a tender for one crore doses earlier this month, it is now responded by RDIF (Russian Direct Investment Fund) with its Sputnik V vaccine with three bids.
Mumbai Sputnik V Vaccine :
Mumbai’s Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) issued a tender on May 11th for one crore doses, when central government issued guidelines to state governments to procure necessary doses of vaccines directly from the producers. And, the bids were received today as tomorrow is the last date to respond to the tenders.
Out of three bids received till now, one of them comes from RDIF’s London-based facilitator while the remaining two is received from its India-based facilitators.
The proposed import of the vaccines will be independent from the Hyderabad based Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Limited’s production of Sputnik V vaccines in India. RDIF and its representatives will bring around 1 crore doses to India within sixty days now.
The next step in the process is a letter of intent that is to be sent to RDIF and making the transaction to a third party’s account designated by the RDIF. The news of procurement of vaccines by Mumbai comes amidst when Punjab and Delhi state governments reported that private vaccines makers have refused to deal with state governments in India.