India's worst-hit state by COVID-19, Maharashtra to invite global tenders for local vaccination drive

26, Apr 2021 | nepaltraveller.com

India's state of Maharashtra has decided to invite global tenders for vaccine supply in its inoculation of local residents against the COVID-19 pandemic.

MUMBAI,

India's western state of Maharashtra has decided to invite global tenders for vaccine supply in its inoculation of local residents against the COVID-19 pandemic, local media reported on Sunday.

According to the media report, the worst-affected western state with a population of 114 million accounts for 27 percent of India's 2.68 million active cases of COVID-19. It has joined 17 other Indian states that have decided to inoculate their residents free of charge.

Media reports have said that India has seen a shortage in the vaccine supply at vaccination centers.

So far over 140 million vaccination doses have been administered to the people across the country since the nationwide vaccination drive was kicked off during on Jan. 16.

India has allowed state governments and private hospitals to purchase vaccines from manufacturers directly.

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