Mumbai distances itself from Chinese 'goods', BMC issues global tender for vaccine

Mumbai: The Bombai Municipal Corporation has floated a global tender last Wednesday to procure 10 million doses from vaccine manufacturers abroad. In fact, the BMC was asked to expedite the vaccination process last Monday. In fact, the tender comes two days after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray approved the issuance of a global tender on Monday. Just last Monday, Mumbai Minister-in-charge Aditya Thackeray tweeted, "The issue was discussed with CM Uddhav Thackeray ji as guardian minister to speed up vaccination drive in Mumbai. Subsequently, in view of the need for adequate vaccines, BMC has been asked to explore the possibility of global procurement of vaccine. ”

Following his tweet, Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal said, "BMC has floated a global bid for procurement of 1crore covid vaccines at the earliest. The BMC has resolved to make all possible efforts in future and get adequate covid vaccines to vaccinate all eligible citizens of Mumbai on a war footing in the next 60-90 days. On the other hand, Additional Municipal Commissioner of BMC P. Velrasu said, "We have only floated expression of interest and laid down a condition that all certification and approval will be required by vaccine manufacturers. They have to get it from the Government of India and the drug controller. EoI, for now, one crore doses have to be purchased. The best international practice will be followed for this. Ultimately, we will all be bound by the conditions of the Central Government. ''

He also confirmed that the BMC has also laid down a condition that applicants should not belong to border sharing countries with India, which would restrict entry of Chinese vaccine manufacturers. At the same time, many vaccines in western countries require mandatory temperature of cold storage in minus. In fact, the BMC has made it mandatory for the manufacturers to provide such a facility.

On the other hand, in the EOI document, BMC said, "BMC has cold storage facility including walk-in cooler (WIC) 2. The temperature of the WIC is +20 to +80C. If the covid vaccine requires storage and temperature requirements available with B, C, the applicant will have to provide the necessary storage facility for covid vaccine up to the vaccination point. At present, MCGM has 20 hospitals and 240 vaccination centres. The document issued reads, "The applicant should have his/her cold chain transporting system from his manufacturing unit or the transport agent should have a valid contract in which covid vaccines are provided storage facility/facility under cold chain norms. To be taken from hospitals to immunization centres within BMC jurisdiction. ”

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