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231901-2021 - Belgium-Brussels: Production, Priority-purchasing Options and Supply of Covid-19 Vaccines, Including Adapted Vaccines to SARS-CoV-2 Variants and Paediatric Formulations of such Vaccines for EU Member States
United Kingdom-London: Medical consumables
Contract award notice
Results of the procurement procedure
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Virus Testing Supplies
Provision of virus testing supplies to support the UK Covid-19 Testing Strategy
Provision of virus testing supplies to support the UK Covid-19 Testing Strategy.
Section IV: Procedure
The Government must protect the health and well-being of UK citizens. The Covid-19 outbreak is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) as declared by the World Health Organisation on 30 January 2020. The WHO Director General characterised Covid-19 as a pandemic on 11 March 2020. Covid-19 is serious and its consequences pose a risk to life. Cabinet Office published PPN 01/20: Responding to Covid-19 on procuring with extreme urgency in March 2020 which states that contracting authorities may enter into contracts without competing or advertising the requirement where certain tests are met.
1) There are genuine reasons for extreme urgency: DHSC are responding to Covid-19 immediately because of public health risks presenting a genuine emergency.
2) The events that have led to the need for extreme urgency were unforeseeable: as the Commission itself confirmed: ‘The current coronavirus crisis presents an extreme and unforeseeable urgency – precisely for such a situation our European rules enable public buyers to buy within a matter of days, even hours, if necessary.’ (Commissioner Breton, Internal Market, 1 April 2020).
3) It is impossible to comply with the usual timescales in the PCR It is not possible to comply with the timescales of another procedure due to the urgent requirement to obtain the Saline Filled Tubes being contracted for. Additionally, there are many buyers competing for the same supplies. It is imperative that security of supply is maintained. Demand for products is high and there is little or no incentive for suppliers to participate in competitive procurement procedures. 4) The situation is not attributable to the contracting authority – DHSC has not done anything to cause or contribute to the need for extreme urgency The supplier has established a production line in order to support the Covid-19 effort. This contract therefore is an addition in supplies that will allow us to meet testing targets and minimise the risk of new products not meeting the standards.
Section V: Award of contract
Section VI: Complementary information