Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has agreed to his Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik’s ideas that COVID-19 vaccines ought to be procured by the Centre from overseas and the states ought to be given the pliability to handle the inoculation process.
“…We’re in full settlement that the Centre ought to procure a preventive vaccine towards COVID-19 and the administration of vaccination be left to be managed successfully by the states,” Mr Vijayan wrote to Mr Patnaik on Thursday.
“Trying ahead to fruitful cooperation within the efforts to fulfill the unprecedented problem posed by the pandemic,” he added.
Mr Vijayan mentioned this whereas responding to Naveen Patnaik’s June 2 letter to all of the chief ministers the place he had sought unity amongst states on a perfect procurement coverage. He had additionally suggested states to shun competitors over procuring vaccines from producers.
Mr Patnaik had proposed a central procurement system and subsequent distribution amongst states for vaccination.
He had additionally mentioned that there ought to be a consensus relating to the procurement of vaccines and states shouldn’t combat towards one another.
“The one method to defend our individuals towards future COVID-19 waves and supply them with a hope of survival is vaccination. Nations which have centered on vaccination applications have seen a exceptional enchancment of their coronavirus scenario. We now have to supply this therapeutic contact to our individuals,” Mr Patnaik wrote within the letter that he shared on Twitter, tagging all of the chief ministers.
“However this can’t be a battle among the many states to compete towards one another to acquire vaccines,” Mr Patnaik had said in his letter to all of the Chief Ministers.
Mr Vijayan had on Might 29 written a letter to all non-BJP chief ministers together with Mr Patnaik looking for a united effort to press the Centre to acquire vaccine and guarantee common vaccination.
“Wrote to 11 CMs within the spirit of Cooperative Federalism. Fairly unlucky that the Centre absolves itself of its responsibility to acquire vaccines, guarantee free common vaccination. United effort to collectively pursue our real demand is the necessity of the hour, in order that Centre acts instantly,” Mr Vijayan had tweeted.
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