After calling a global tender for procuring a crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has now disqualified all the nine bids received, Livemint.
Issuing a statement, BMC said that all the bids have been disqualified due to lack of documentation. Of the nine bids, eight were for the supply of Russian Sputnik V vaccines, while one other bid was for the supply of Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines.
The municipal body has now got into talks with Hyderabad-based Dr Reddy's Laboratories (DRL) to procure the supplies of Sputnik V vaccines from it.
BMC has said that DRL has indicated its readiness to supply some stocks to it on an experimental basis. The municipal body will be examining the cold chain requirements for the same upon confirmation from DRL regarding the supplies.
Meanwhile, it should be noted that the BMC has also asked DRL for larger supplies of Sputnik V in July and August. The discussions for the same will begin in the next 8-10 days.