Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik asks for 10-day vaccine stock at PM-CMs meet

Bhubaneswar:  Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik asked for 10 days of Covid 19 vaccine stock during the meet of Prime Minister and Chief Ministers, conducted through Video Conferencing on Thursday.

The CM said, “We are currently able to vaccinate 2.5 lakh persons per day and have capability to increase further. We request that at least 10 days stock of the vaccines is ensured for Odisha.”

The CM said that our system to tackle the new rise in the Covid cases has been reactivated in the State. It has been reactivated especially in districts bordering some states with high incidence of the virus.

Following are the points Odisha CM raised during the meet and requested the Union Government for the following support in Covid Management in Odisha:  The CM said as follows:

  1. We thank the Union Government for allowing the States, under SDRF guidelines, to spend up to 50% of the annual allocation for Covid-related activities during 2020-21. The same guidelines may be continued for the year 2021-22 as well.
  2. During 2020-21, Odisha had requested for Rs 400 crores under Emergency Covid Response Plan (ECRP), but we received only Rs 146 crores. In view of the new wave of Covid, it is requested that at least Rs 300 crores be released to Odisha for 2021-22 for Covid Management.
  3. Odisha has been doing well in vaccination program with among the lowest wastage in the country and efficient system of administering the vaccine to eligible persons. We have not been able to ramp up the vaccination due to supply issues. We are currently able to vaccinate 2.5 lakh persons per day and have capability to increase further. We request that at least 10 days stock of the vaccines is ensured for Odisha.

The entire country has to put up a united front against this pandemic and we will continue to provide support in this fight.

Also read: Odisha: Second Covid Strain More Dangerous Says ILS Director

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