Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday asked PM Modi’s government to not turn India into a victim of its system in the struggle against the covid-19 crisis. He stated the fact that vaccines should be provided free of cost to all the people nationwide and that this need not be a matter of discussion anymore.
Gandhi in his curt tweet in Hindi posted that there has been enough discussion for the vaccine cost discrepancy. The citizens must get free doses of vaccines and this is the end of the matter. India during this pandemic time should not be turned into a victim of the ruling party’s system.
The tweet comes after there has been forth and back the debate over the Covid vaccine pricing. Ever since it was declared by the Centre that starting from May 1, there will be three different prices for vaccines under its ’Liberalised Pricing and Accelerated National Covid-19 Vaccination Strategy’, the discussion has been the trending one.
Earlier, the Serum Institute of India had clearly said that the Covishield vaccine will be sold at ₹ 400 per dose to state governments and to private hospitals at ₹ 600.
Also, Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin will be provided for ₹ 600 for state governments and ₹ 1,200 for private hospitals. Its price for the Centre, however, would remain the same at ₹ 150.
Recently Centre opened vaccination drives for all citizens who are 18 years and above under its liberalisation strategy. However, the new pricing policy has sparked fury among the citizens and various opponent parties.
While some states like Kerala have come forward and declared free vaccinations to their state citizens, the load on the state’s treasury has become a matter of serious concern.
Clearing the new policy airs, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Health Minister in a Facebook post yesterday, said that the allegation made on the Centre on getting vaccines cheaper than the states was “patently false”.