Tamil Nadu to float global tenders to procure COVID-19 vaccines, use trains to bring in oxygen

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May 12, 2021 7:43 PM

Chief Minister M K Stalin has also ordered industries and medical departments to immediately set up more units to produce oxygen and procure it from steel plants located in other states and it should be brought to Tamil Nadu through trains.

Covid-19As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, the Centre has been supporting the states and UTs by providing them vaccines free of cost.

Global tenders would be floated for procurement of COVID-19 vaccines and all steps shall be taken expeditiously to inoculate those in the 18-45 age group, the Tamil Nadu government said on Wednesday.

Chief Minister M K Stalin has also ordered industries and medical departments to immediately set up more units to produce oxygen and procure it from steel plants located in other states and it should be brought to TN through trains.

Karnataka and Telangana are among the states that have decided to go in for global tenders to buy COVID-19 vaccines.

Following a meet chaired by Stalin here to review the COVID-19 scenario in the state, the government said an allocation of about 13 lakh vaccine doses to the state is not sufficient to cover all those in the 18-45 age group. Hence, “the government has decided to go in for global bids to procure vaccines,” an official release said.

The Centre is providing vaccine doses to all states for vaccinating people above the age of 45 and the union government has now said that states should go in for buying vaccines to inoculate those in the 18-45 age group.

All steps shall be in place to vaccinate people in the 18-45 age bracket expeditiously, the release said.

Though the oxygen allocation to TN has been increased to 419 tonnes from 280 by the Centre, the state required more of it, the release said.

Therefore the CM ordered industries and medical departments to immediately set up more units to produce oxygen and also procure it from steel plants through trains from other states.

The oxygen received should be properly distributed to hospitals that need it, the CM advised.

Tamil Nadu has over 1.60 lakh active virus cases as of Tuesday.

Top officials, Ministers, including Medical and Family Welfare Minister Ma Subramanian, participated in the review meeting.

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