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“One Nation, One Party’, Why Not One Vaccine Price?” Opposition Attacks

Till now, the central authorities had been supplying vaccines to states freed from price. (File)

New Delhi:

Vaccination is predicted to turn into costlier from May 1 and a number of other political events have questioned the federal government’s new coverage liberalising vaccine gross sales and deregulating costs.

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee mentioned the federal government should repair one worth for vaccines.

“One nation, one party, one leader shouts BJP all the time but to save lives they can’t have one price for vaccine. Every Indian needs free vaccine, regardless of age, caste, creed, location. GoI must fix ONE price for Covid vaccine irrespective of who pays – Centre or the States,” she tweeted.

In the brand new coverage, vaccine makers will assign 50 per cent of the photographs to the Centre and the remaining might be for states and personal entities. Only, state governments and personal hospitals should purchase straight from producers at a better price.

Yesterday, the Serum Institute of India (SII) mentioned its Covishield shot can be offered at Rs 400 to states and at Rs 600 to non-public hospitals.

The centre will proceed to get vaccines at sponsored costs; Covishield is offered at Rs 150 a dose and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin at Rs 206. Till now, the central authorities had been supplying vaccines to states freed from price.

Russia’s Sputnik V will even be utilized in India within the subsequent few months.

Sputnik V’s maker Dr Reddy’s mentioned the higher restrict can be $10 a shot (Rs 750) – the worldwide worth – however has since clarified that discussions are nonetheless on.

“This means that citizens will be compelled to pay these high rates to be vaccinated. This will also bleed the finances of State Governments,” Congress president Sonia Gandhi mentioned in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, calling it “surprising” that regardless of the cruel classes of final yr, the federal government continues to comply with an “arbitrary and discriminatory policy”.

She questioned how the identical vaccine manufactured by the identical firm might have three completely different costs.

“At a time when medical resources are scarce, hospital beds are unavailable, oxygen supply and availability of essential medicine is dwindling rapidly, why is your government allowing a policy that reeks of such insensitivity. Even with regards to the fifty percent quota for vaccination available with the Central Government, the allocation must be transparent and equitable, in line with the spirit of cooperative federalism,” Sonia Gandhi wrote.

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