Aaditya Thackeray
Aaditya Thackeray

In a bid to conduct the vaccination smoothly and efficiently, Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray said that after discussing issue with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, we've asked Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to explore possibilities of global procurement of vaccines.

"Looking at the need for adequate vaccines to ensure that vaccination is swift & efficient, after discussing the issue with CM Uddhav Thackeray ji, as guardian minister of Mumbai, we have asked @mybmc to explore possibilities of global procurement of vaccines," he tweeted.

He also said work was also on to ensure those not well-versed with technology or those who are unable to operate the CoWin app get access to vaccines in time.

Besides, In a major initiative, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will issue global tenders to procure around five million Covid-19 vaccines, Mumbai Mayor Kishore Pednekar announced here on Monday. She said that the tenders would be floated in two days and the doses procured shall be used to administer free jabs to all Mumbaikars.

Last month, the Maharashtra government had indicated that it would issue international tenders to procoure various drugs like Remdesivir and Vaccines, to tide over the shortages here.

The vaccination drive in Mumbai and other parts of the state has been erratic in view of short supply of doses in the past few weeks, and the load has increased after the 18-44 age groups were cleared for the jabs from May 1.

Till date, 27,48,683 people including healthcare workers, frontline workers, and general citizens, comprising the age groups above 45 and 18-44 age, as per official data.

Meanwhile, Mumbai on Monday (May 10) recorded 1794 new Covid-19 cases while 3580 patients were discharged. The city has witnessed the lowest single-day spike in the cases since March 30. Last, on March 15, the city had reported 1,712 cases, after that the city reported lowest number of cases today after seeing a massive spike. The Uddhav Thackeray led government which imposed lockdown like curbs two weeks ago has helped in curbing the spread of virus in the cpaital city.

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