As India reported over three lakh cases for the fourth straight day, Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik announced that the state will vaccinate its residents for free.
Saying that the move has been discussed in the state Cabinet, Nawab Malik said global tenders will be floated.
Maharashtra, the worst hit state in the country by Covid, has been reporting over 60,000 daily cases of coronavirus over the last few days.
The government earlier this week said vaccine net will be widened to all people above 18 years of age from May 1 as the country sees an exponential rise in Covid infections.
The Centre which was buying vaccines from manufacturers and distributing them free of cost to states tweaked its policy after the announcement to allow states and private entities to buy doses directly from vaccine-makers.
A full blown war on the differential pricing of the vaccines for Centre and states ended with the Centre clarifying that vaccines procured by the central government would be provided free to states.