All 9 proposals obtained for the availability of COVID-19 vaccines for Mumbai have been rejected for lack of essential paperwork, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Company (BMC) stated on Friday.
The civic physique is now in talks with Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, the distributor of the Russian Sputnik V
vaccine, and the agency has agreed to produce some doses on an experimental foundation earlier than June-end, it stated in an announcement.
On Could 12, the civic physique had invited the worldwide “Expression of Curiosity” for supplying one crore vaccine doses.
The deadline was prolonged twice, on Could 18 and Could 25, earlier than 10 suppliers submitted proposals. However certainly one of them withdrew from the race earlier than the deadline of June 1, 2021.
After a scrutiny of paperwork, the civic physique disqualified 9 different potential suppliers.
“Not one of the suppliers might qualify as a result of lack of full paperwork,” the BMC stated.
“You will need to study the enterprise relationship between suppliers who’re prepared to produce vaccines and firms that truly produce vaccines,” it added.
The scrutiny centered on 4 factors — assurance about well timed provide, the interval wanted to ship doses, the amount, and phrases and situations about charges and cost.
Civic officers held a gathering with Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, and the pharma main agreed to produce some doses of Sputnik V on an experimental foundation earlier than month-end, it stated.
“Standards for chilly storage of Sputnik vaccine are completely different. Due to this fact, after receiving this inventory, it is chilly storage (wants) shall be examined,” the assertion stated.
The subsequent spherical of talks with the corporate is anticipated to be held in 8-10 days, it stated.