Karnataka will buy vaccines directly from manufacturing firms: Dy CM Narayan

Karnataka will buy vaccines directly from manufacturing firms: Dy CM Narayan Representational Image (TSRTC staff drivers receive a dose of COVID-19 vaccine during COVID-induced lockdown, in Hyderabad, Sunday, May 30, 2021) (Source: PTI)

Bengaluru: Karnataka will purchase vaccines directly from the manufacturing companies as the two companies, which submitted the bids in response to its global tender failed to submit complete documents.

“The state government has decided to purchase vaccines directly from manufacturing companies as two companies which had submitted bids in response to global tender haven’t submitted the requisite documents, ” C N Ashwath Narayan, Karnataka Deputy CM and COVID task force head said on Monday.

“In response to the short term global tender floated on May 15, two distribution companies, one, the city-based (Bengaluru) and another Mumbai based, had submitted applications.But these had not annexed the required technical and supply ensuring documents. Also, there was no representation from these companies for the virtual meetings held,” Narayan added.

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The process of communication has already begun directly with vaccine manufacturing companies, as the government is not in a position to wait, amid threats of a possible third COVID-19 wave, Narayan explained.

Karnataka had floated a global tender to procure two crore Covid-19 vaccines, for which two suppliers had come forward to supply Russia’s Sputnik V and Sputnik Light vaccines.

Bulk MRO Industrial Supply Pvt Ltd from Mumbai had offered to supply Sputnik V vaccine, while Bengaluru-based Thulasi Systems said it could also provide the single-dose Sputnik Light, in response to a tender that closed on May 24.

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The government however has decided to reject bids made by two companies to supply Russia’s Sputnik vaccines. The state is currently under lockdown till June 7. Noting that the future of the lockdown in the state will be decided based on experts’ opinions and facts and figures, Narayan said.

The DCM on Monday inaugurated the vaccination programme for artists of the Kannada film industry, his office said in a release.

(With inputs from PTI)

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