Kerala High Court asks Centre as to Why not provide vaccines for free?

Kochi: The honourable  Kerala High Court of Kerala on Monday asked the Centre why it was not providing vaccines for free to the citizens. Under the new policy, the Centre can procure the vaccines at the rate of Rs 150. Conversely, the States can procure the vaccine at Rs 400 (COVISHIELD) and Rs 600 (COVAXIN).

"You've got so much money. Why don't you do something about it? If the central government procures (vaccines), you get it at Rs 150 rupees ... Is it not the right time for you to do it?", Justice Chandran asked the Centre today.

A Bench of Justice Chandran and MR Anitha was hearing a batch of matters concerning COVID-19 vaccination.  Justice Devan Ramachandran on May 7 had taken up this n its own motion with regard to vaccination.

The suggestion was made in the wake of COVID-19 vaccine shortages being faced across States in India and given that the Centre can procure the vaccines at a lesser price than the price fixed for State procurement.

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