Centre encouraging black marketing of COVID vaccines, Kerala govt tells HC
Kochi: Kerala government criticised the central government’s vaccine policy in the High Court. The state alleged that the centre is not ensuring vaccine supply at fair price. “The central government stance is to encourage black marketing of vaccine,” slammed Kerala in the petition before the HC.
In the petition, the state government also urged the centre to immediately supply vaccine to the state.
“Different prices are charged for vaccines in India due to the centre’s policy,” criticised the Kerala government.
Meanwhile, the court asked the state government whether they are ready to purchase vaccine for the amount paid by the private hospitals. Replying to this, the government declared that it is impossible. The court also criticised the central government over the vaccine policy.
“Why don’t the government get enough stock of vaccine?. Why does the country face such a shortage even after allowing private firms to produce the vaccine?,” questioned the court.
At the same time, the court observed that private hospitals are getting vaccine without any issue. Noticing this, the court asked whether the centre is supplying vaccine to private hospitals without meeting the demand of the state government.