Order for 44 crore doses ..
In a message on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made it clear that it was his responsibility to provide free vaccination to all those above 18 years of age in the country and that the policy would be implemented from the 21st of this month. The Center has ordered a total of 44 crore doses of vaccines as a follow-up to the Prime Minister’s statement, Health Department officials and Justice Commission (Health) member Dr VK Paul told media on Tuesday. Of the vaccines ordered by the Center, 25 crore doses are Kovichild and 19 crore doses are Kovagsin. Not only that,
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There will be no shortage of vaccines.
VK Paul, a member of the Nitish Aayog, said that the serum company had placed an order for a total of 44 crore doses of vaccines, including their Kovishield and Bharat Biotech manufacturer Kovaggin, and released an additional 30 per cent advance to the two companies for the collection of vaccines. He also said that another separate order has been placed with the Biological-e company for 30 crore doses of the Carbivax vaccine, which will be available by September. Dr Paul said India would have consumed a total of 53.6 crore vaccine doses by the end of July and if all the new orders were made available, the vaccination process would be expedited without any shortage of vaccines by August-September. And,
Pricing is up to the companies
In a 32-minute racist message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the issue of “25 per cent vaccination share for private hospitals” has become questionable and controversial. The Prime Minister said that 75 per cent of the vaccines produced in the country would be procured by the Center and provided free of cost to the states, for which the states would not have to pay, while 25 per cent of the vaccines would be provided free of cost by private hospitals. Saying that vaccines are free for all, how reasonable is it to allocate 25 per cent of vaccines to the private sector and impose a service charge of Rs 150? Oppositions questioned. Opposition leaders have argued that all available vaccines should be taken privately, and then the poor should be vaccinated. Adding to this argument, the Center said that 25 per cent of the vaccine prices allocated to private hospitals are set by the respective companies.
Responsibility for private supply to the states?
In the wake of Prime Minister Modi’s revelation that 25 per cent of the vaccines made in the country will be given to private hospitals, the price of vaccines given to the private sector will be decided by the respective vaccine manufacturers, said Justice Commission member VK Paul. Dr Paul also said that the state governments would review the dosage and distribution of vaccines required for private hospitals, as well as the number of doses available in private hospitals and the number of doses required. With this ..
Private money if vaccines are free?
Congress leaders say the lack of vaccines in government hospitals and the current high availability of vaccines in the private sector will continue in the coming days and it is not right to allocate 25 per cent of vaccines to the private sector. “As Modi said, when vaccines are free for everyone, are they priced in private hospitals?” Asked Rahul Gandhi. According to the center’s latest announcement, pharma companies are likely to revise the prices of their vaccines. The Center has clarified that in the past a rate was fixed for the Center, different rates for the states and private hospitals, but now that the states have no role, the prices of vaccines given to the private sector will be decided by the companies. VK Paul, a member of the Nitish Aayog, did not provide clarity on how much the companies would supply to the Center.