Bhubaneswar, June 2 (PTI) Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik wrote to all chief ministers across the country on Wednesday urging them to reach consensus on the purchase of COVID vaccines by the Center for Interstate Distribution.

In the letter, Patnaik wrote that no state is safe unless all states make immunization a top priority and execute it on a war footing.

“The only way to protect our people from future waves and give them any hope of survival is vaccination,” Patnaik wrote in the letter he shared on Twitter, tagging all the chief ministers.

“But it cannot be a battle between states to compete for vaccines,” he added.

Patnaik noted that after the Center announced phase 3 of the vaccine policy, allowing immunization for anyone over the age of 18 and opening up supplies for states and the private sector, demand increased.

“Many states have put out global tenders for the purchase of vaccines. However, it is quite clear that global vaccine manufacturers are eagerly awaiting the Union government for approvals and insurance,” he said. he declared.

“They are unwilling to enter into supply contracts with the state government. While domestic vaccine manufacturers have supply constraints and are unable to commit to required supplies,” said the chief minister.

Patnaik said that under these circumstances, the best option available is for the Center to procure vaccines centrally and distribute them across the state so that people are vaccinated as soon as possible.

“At the same time, the execution of the immunization program must be decentralized and states have the possibility to determine their own mechanism to ensure universal immunization,” he said.

For example, many hilly areas cannot access the internet and therefore online registration must be flexible, he said.

Patnaik said he had previously raised the issue with the Center and had also spoken to a few chief ministers.

“However, I respectfully suggest that all state governments come to consensus on this issue for a swift resolution of this issue. We must act quickly before a third wave arrives and creates further havoc,” a- he declared.

Arguing that the COVID-19 pandemic is the biggest challenge the country has faced since the struggle for independence, Patnaik urged chief ministers to come together in a spirit of cooperative federalism, setting aside political differences . PTI AAM SOM SOM

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