Order of the Madhya Pradesh High Court regarding invitation of global tender for the manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines, 19/05/2021

Order of the Madhya Pradesh High Court in the matter of Sunil Gupta Vs The State of Madhya Pradesh & Others dated 19/05/2021.

The writ petition was filed by Sunil Gupta as Public Interest Litigation, praying that the state of Madhya Pradesh be directed to initiate an exercise for inviting global tender at par with many other states including Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Delhi.

The High Court directed notice to be issued to the Union of India, Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation and Drug Controller General of India. In the course of the hearing, it was mentioned that the Central Government has adopted a policy according to which it can issue licences in favour of local manufacturers within Madhya Pradesh for manufacturing the vaccine namely Covaxin.