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Global Tender For Vax Modified

Bhubaneswar: The State Cabinet Friday modified the document of global tender for Covid-19 vaccines to attract bidders.

According to Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, relaxation has been made to the earnest money deposit, bid security amount, and liquidated damage has been incorporated to attract bidders.

To facilitate the participation of manufacturer of vaccines to be stored in supercool temprature, the storage condition has been revised up to -20 Degrees Celcius subject to condition that the vaccines will remain stable and maintain its potency at 2 degrees to 8 degrees for at least 12 hours.

He said the State Cabinet in its meeting, Chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here, approved the amendment for procurement of vaccines through global tender with a view to vaccinating the population within a period of four months.

Accordingly, OSMCL had floated a global tender on May 14 with date of bidding as May 28.

A pre-bid meeting with prospective bidders was held on May 19 during which the bidders urged upon the Government to relax certain provisions in the bid document to facilitate their participation.

Basing on their request certain changes in the bid document were proposed to facilitate the participation of bidders to ensure steady procurement of the vaccines, he said.

He said keeping in view of vaccinating the targeted population and limited supplier of vaccines in the world market, the bid document has been prepared in a mmer that it will send a positive signal to the sellers.

Relaxation in earnest money deposit (EMD), Bid security and liquidated damage has been provided to attract the bidders, he said.

Since each vaccine is proprietory item in nature and is not comparable to any other vaccine, it is now stipulated that the price evaluation mechanism will be made by comparison of basic quoted prices of each bidder excluding GST and all bidder treated independently.

Mr.Mahapatra said that previously it has been stipulated that 50 per cent of the total tender  quantity shall be allocated to the L1 bidder and the balance 50 percent to be split among L2, L3, L4 and so on at negotiated rates.

To make the participation flexible, a potential bidder is allowed to apply for any quantity, the Chief Secretary said.

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