Even as most states in India are facing acute shortage of COVID-19 vaccine, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking more doses.
In his letter, Patnaik has requested the Centre to scale up the vaccination drive.
“We are getting huge response from people to get vaccinated. However, intermittent supply is creating a challenge in meeting the demand,” he wrote.
He also recommended some suggestions to meet the crisis.
“COVID-19 Vaccine may be made available outside the Govt supply chain in the open market so that willing citizens who can afford the vaccine can avail them,” he suggested.
Patnaik also suggested the vaccine approved globally should get approval. He also requested that vaccine be made priority for cities which are contributing for highest COVID cases.
In terms of vaccine production, he urged the Centre and States to support units to ramp up the vaccine production.