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Naveen Patnaik Writes To Other Chief Ministers on Covid Vaccines After Pinarayi Vijayan, Mamata Banerjee agrees

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik emphasised the necessity for “a spirit of cooperative federalism”.

New Delhi/Kolkata:

The finest strategy to “protect our people against future waves” of COVID-19 is to centrally procure the vaccines and decentralise the execution of the inoculation drive, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has stated immediately. In a letter written to his counterparts throughout the nation, he referred to the unabated pandemic as maybe the best problem confronted by the nation for the reason that independence battle.

He really helpful that every one states come collectively to type a consensus on the matter within the “true spirit of cooperative federalism” to avoid wasting dwell and livelihoods.

“No state is safe unless all the states adopt vaccination as the top most priority and execute it on war-footing. But this cannot be a battle among the states to compete against each other to procure vaccines,” Mr Patnaik stated in his letter, referring to  section three of the Union authorities’s vaccine coverage.

This newest model of the drive permits vaccination of all these above 18 years of age and lets states and personal hospitals procure doses. Many states have, since, floated world tenders for provides.

“However, it is quite clear that the global vaccine manufacturers are looking forward to the Union Government for the clearances and assurances. They are unwilling to get into supply contract with the state governments. While the domestic vaccine manufacturers are having supply constraints and are not able to commit required supplies,” The Odisha Chief Minister stated.

“Under the circumstances, the best option available is for the Government of India to centrally procure the vaccines and distribute it among the States. At the same time, the execution of the vaccination programme has to be decentralised and states allowed the flexibility to determine their own mechanisms.”

Mr Patnaik’s letter comes days after Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote to 11 of his non-BJP counterparts, looking for a united effort to press the Centre to acquire COVID-19 vaccines and making certain free common vaccination.

These letters have already resonated with some Chief Ministers. West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee, concerned in a significant political battle with the Centre, immediately acknowledged the receipt of those letters indicating that she agrees with them.

“Centre must give the vaccines to the state and they must procure the vaccine for the state government. And they must give it free of cost to every state to cover the entire Indian population. On this myself, Naveen Patnaik, Kerala Chief Minister and Arvind, everyone is together,” Ms Banerjee stated immediately throughout a press meet.

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