The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs today approved in principle a proposal of the Health Services Division to procure Covid-19 vaccine directly from any organisation through negotiations without following any bidding process.
Md Abu Saleh, additional secretary of the cabinet division, confirmed the development while briefing reporters after a meeting of the cabinet committee.
"This committee has just given the approval in principle to meet the emergency needs of the state. But when any procurement deal will be final, it'll come to the Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase for its final approval," Abu Saleh said.
He said the approval was given in compliance with the Provision 76 of the Public Procurement Rule-2008.
Earlier on November 5 last, the government signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Serum Institute of India (SII) and Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd to collect three crore doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca SARS-CoV-B2, AZD1222 vaccine.