The low vaccine numbers in the country are said to be the main reason behind the massive surge in Coronavirus cases and casualties.
As a bid to see that such a mistake is not made again, one after the other states are coming forward to call for global tenders to procure the vaccine doses in adequate numbers to vaccinate the beneficiaries.
The Andhra Pradesh government led by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is a step ahead compared to the other states in this regard. The state government asked the Centre to approve their request so that the global tenders can be called for.
In addition to that, the Jagan government is also eyeing to make elaborate arrangements to see that the vaccines against the deadly virus can be manufactured in the state.
It has to be noted that the AP government has decided to start the third phase of the vaccination drive against the virus to vaccinate the beneficiaries between the age group of 18 to 44. The vaccination drive will be costing a total of nearly 1600 crore to the government.
Fellow Telugu state Telangana has also reportedly decided to call for global tenders so that the vaccines can be procured. Like few other states, Telangana Sarkar has also accused the Centre of not supplying vaccine doses in required numbers.
BJP-ruled Karnataka is also gearing up to take a global tender route to procure vaccine doses. However, unlike other states, Karnataka is reportedly showing interest to use the tenders as a short-term project.
To see that the bidding process for vaccine doses will be completed as soon as possible, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister CN Ashwath Narayan chaired a key meeting with the concerned officials.
God's own country Kerala and national capital Delhi are also suffering from a shortage of vaccine doses. The two states might also follow the footsteps of other states to go for global tenders.