Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has extended the deadline of the global tender floated for procurement of COVID-19 vaccines by one week in view of requests from many prospective vendors, cyclone Yaas and also for greater participation.
The bid submission date, which was to end by 5 this evening, has been extended till June 4. The technical bid will open at 11.30 am and the price bid by 5 pm on that day, an official notification by Odisha State Medical Corporation Ltd (OSMCL) said.
Notably, the government had floated a global tender for procurement of 3.80 crore of vaccine doses to inoculate its entire population on May 14.
Bids have been invited from the world’s leading vaccine manufacturers and they have been offered advance payment of 30 per cent of the value of each purchase order. The OSMCL expects 75 lakh doses in 30 days of the purchase order, 2.25 crore doses within 60 days, 3.75 crore doses by 90 days and 3.8 crore doses by 120 days.
As per the revised vaccination policy, the population within the age group of 18-44 years would be provided with free vaccines at the cost of the state exchequer.