Karnataka Congress letter to BJP government for permission to vaccinate the people with Rs.100 crore: Vaccines directly from manufacturers.
Karnataka Congress letter to BJP, has prepared a Rs 100 crore plan to procure Covid-19 vaccines directly from manufacturers and make them available to the people of the state, party state president DK Sivakumar said. On May 14, the Karnataka government stopped vaccinating those between the ages of 18-44 due to a shortage of vaccines.
The statement was made by Congress party Karnataka unit president Sivakumar in the presence of former chief minister Siddaramaiah at a press conference here today. “Since the Modi and Yeddyurappa governments have failed to collectively vaccinate, we want to give the vaccine to the people. So we need two small approvals, one from the central government and the other from the state government, ”said DK Sivakumar. “My appeal to the Bharatiya Janata Party is that politics should not stand in the way of vaccines. Also, in the spirit of Atmanirbhar Bharat, allow Congress to directly collect and administer vaccines. ” Sivakumar appealed to the government.
Currently, central and state governments and private hospitals can collect doses of the covid-19 vaccine under the Centre’s “Simplified Vaccine Price” policy. He urged the Center to collect half of the doses of Covaxin Shield being produced in India at the Center and the remaining 25 percent to be collected by private hospitals as well.
The Karnataka Congress is now demanding permission to procure vaccines directly from vaccine maker Serum Institute of India in Pune and Bharat Biotech in Hyderabad. DK Sivakumar said Congress had a Rs 100 crore plan to kickstart the vaccine drive.
Of this, only Rs 10 crore is being paid from the Karnataka Congress party fund, he said. Another Rs 90 crore could come from the funds of Congress MLAs and MLCs. Sivakumar said he was appealing to the Yeddyurappa government to allow MLAs and MLCs to use the funds to collect vaccines directly and transparently as the Modi and Yeddyurappa governments had failed to vaccinate.
Siddaramaiah on Saturday wrote a letter to Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa seeking the release of Rs 100 crore from grants allotted to MLAs for the project.
Rs 840 crore approved for global tender: Karnataka Covid Task Force
Meanwhile, the Karnataka government’s Covid-19 task force on Saturday approved Rs 840 crore for the procurement of 2 crore vaccines through global tenders. Tenders will be issued in four batches of 50 lakh doses.
The state Covid-19 task force said it would vaccinate street vendors, bank employees, delivery agents, and Internet service agents on priority.
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