Congress chief Rahul Gandhi at this time requested the ruling BJP to not flip India “into a victim of its system” within the battle in opposition to the COVID-19 pandemic. He stated vaccines should be offered freed from price to residents and that this needn’t be a matter of dialogue anymore.
In a pointy tweet of three terse Hindi strains posted at this time, the Wayanad MP stated: “Enough of discussion. Citizens must get vaccines free of cost, end of matter. Don’t turn India into a victim of the BJP’s system.”
The tweet comes within the context of Covid vaccine pricing, a debate over which has been raging even because the Centre declared, beneath its ‘Liberalised Pricing and Accelerated National Covid-19 Vaccination Strategy’, that there can be three totally different costs from May 1.
Serum Institute of India stated, as an illustration, that it’ll promote its Covishield vaccine at Rs 400 per dose to state governments and to non-public hospitals Rs 600. Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin will price Rs 600 for state governments and Rs 1,200 for personal hospitals. Its value for the Centre, nonetheless, would stay the identical at Rs 150.
Under the liberalised technique, Centre has opened vaccination for all residents who’re 18 years and above.
The new pricing coverage, nonetheless, sparked fury amongst many circles.
While some states like Kerala have declared that residents will proceed to obtain the vaccines freed from price, the drain on the exchequer of state governments has change into a matter of great concern.
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, in a Facebook submit yesterday, stated the rivalry that the Centre was getting vaccines cheaper than the states was “patently false”.
“The actual situation is that states are getting one guaranteed channel of free vaccine supply, while it can simultaneously procure vaccines from another channel as per its aspirations and commitment to its people,” he stated.
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