Bhubaneswar: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday urged PM Narendra Modi to allow sale of COVID-19 vaccines In open market.
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he wrote: “Vaccines may be made available outside the government supply chain in the open market so that willing citizens, who can afford the vaccine can avail them. This will help governments to have a focused approach towards vulnerable sections of the society.”
He also urged the PM that Covid vaccines that have been already approved globally by credible agencies and Governments be accorded approval to increase supply.
Naveen further added that India had a huge vaccine manufacturing potential and the Centre and states should support units to ramp up vaccine production. The few metropolitan cities which contribute the highest COVID cases should be allowed priority vaccination and flexibility in age criteria as these are economic nerve scenes of the country, and any lockdown in these areas will have an impact on the rest of the country in terms of the labour movement”.
Naveen told that Odisha till date had administered about 47 lakh doses to healthcare workers, frontline workers and persons above 45 years. We have one of the lowest rates of wastage in the country. We have the capacity to administer more than 3 lakh doses every day. We are getting huge response from people to get vaccinated. However, intermittent supply is creating a challenge in meeting the demand.
It is in this backdrop that 1 had requested for 25 lakh doses to help us administer 3 lakh doses every day. Even at full capacity, it will take us 160 days to fully vaccinate the eligible population of our state [above 45 years), he added.