Uttar Pradesh has become the first state to float a global tender to procure COVID-19 vaccines, specifying its requirement of 40 million doses within six months.
At least 6 million doses are to be supplied each month directly to nine warehouses in the state, the government has said, adding that the vaccines can be stored at a temperature varying between -2 to -8 degrees Celsius.
The pre-bid meeting for the tender will be held via Google meet on May 12 and a deposit of Rs 160 million has been sought for the bids closing on May 21.
The timeline of the tender suggests that UP is expecting the 40 million doses to arrive in batches by end of this year.
“The procurement of Covid vaccine under the tender will be sourced for funds by the UP State Government Budget," the bid document stated.
Maharashtra was the first last month to express its intent to invite a global tender for vaccines but it is not clear if the tender has been invited as yet.