Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make the Union government the sole agency for the purchase and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine for people aged 18 to 44.
“Vaccination of the entire eligible population, especially in a pandemic situation, is the responsibility of the central government as any non-inclusion can undermine the rest of the collective effort,” the chief minister said in a letter to the Prime Minister. minister.
Citing the experience of the past three weeks, when various states “made individual efforts to source vaccines from domestic and overseas producers,” the chief minister said the Center should immediately begin procurement. of all vaccines as a single agency for people aged 18-44.
The Center is expected to ensure the distribution of vaccines to all states and territories in the Union through the clinical facility for appropriate vaccination of the age group, a statement quoting Singh said.
The Chief Minister of Punjab said he had even earlier suggested that given the modalities of supply chain management, it would be operationally and financially more expedient than the entire purchase and purchase. the provision of vaccines is carried out by the Union government for all age groups.
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