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Punjab Withdraws Order To Supply Vaccines To Private Hospitals Amid Row

Punjab Withdraws Order To Supply Vaccines To Private Hospitals Amid Row

The Akali Dal has alleged that 40,000 Covaxin doses had been bought for “hefty earnings” (File)

New Delhi:

Punjab on Friday night withdrew an order offering “one-time restricted vaccine doses to 18-44 age group inhabitants by way of personal hospitals”, after allegations by the opposition Akali Dal – which accused the state of “diverting” Covaxin doses at “hefty margins” – sparked a row.

A quick letter – signed by Vikas Garg, the state-in-charge for COVID-19 vaccination – mentioned the order “has not been taken in the fitting spirit and is hereby withdrawn”.

“Additional, it has been determined that the personal hospitals ought to return forthwith all of the vaccine doses obtainable with them. The doses which they’ve utilised as of date must also be returned, as soon as they get provides from the producers,” the order added.

The order additionally mentioned the cash deposited by the hospitals within the Vaccine Fund will likely be refunded.

Shortly earlier than the order was withdrawn, the centre had written to the state, citing an NDTV report and asking it to “ship clarification to MoHFW (Ministry of Well being and Household Welfare) instantly”.

Punjab Well being Minister BS Sidhu earlier on Friday mentioned he doesn’t have “management over vaccines”.

“I simply look over remedy, testing, sampling of COVID-19 and vaccination camps. We will certainly set an inquiry… I personally can enquire…,” Mr Sidhu informed information company ANI.

The Amarinder Singh authorities – coping with a potential revolt forward of subsequent yr’s election – discovered itself on the centre of a storm Thursday after Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Badal mentioned it had re-sold doses of Covaxin at “hefty margins”.

Mr Badal mentioned the doses had been bought at Rs 400 per dose and bought to personal hospitals for Rs 1,060 per dose. The hospitals then administered it to eligible beneficiaries at Rs 1,560 per dose.

He slammed the actions of an “immoral” Congress authorities, calling for a Excessive Court docket-monitored probe and a case towards Mr Sidhu.

The BJP – fiercely criticised by the Congress over the nationwide coronavirus vaccination coverage – has additionally hit out, with Union Minister Prakash Javadekar main the cost this afternoon.

On Thursday junior Finance Minister Anurag Thakur additionally slammed the Punjab authorities; based on ANI he mentioned they had been exhibiting a “callous perspective in direction of the folks“.

Punjab is amongst a number of states to have red-flagged low vaccine shares over the previous few weeks, because the nation battles a devastating second wave of Covid infections and deaths.

Vaccine provides have develop into a topic of heated dispute between the centre and several other states, after many steadily suspended vaccination over the previous few months citing a scarcity of doses, notably for the 18-44 age group that has been hardest hit within the second wave.

Vaccines for this age group – in contrast to these over 45 – has not been supplied freed from price, with the centre solely offering 50 per cent of required doses. Below its new coverage the remaining must be bought by states and/or personal hospitals immediately from producers.

The differential pricing – the centre pays Rs 150 per dose whereas Covaxin prices Rs 1,200 per dose for personal hospitals – has triggered outrage, and led to the Supreme Court docket questioning the centre.

The Congress, in April, slammed this as “vaccine profiteering” on the a part of the centre.

The centre has mentioned it should vaccinate the entire nation by the tip of December, however the Supreme Court docket this week additionally requested a number of robust questions on the way it plans to realize that concentrate on.

With enter from ANI


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