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Centre seeks explanation from Punjab government over allegations of selling Covid vaccine to private hospitals

New Delhi, June 4

The Centre has sought a clarification from the Punjab authorities following media studies alleging that it “offered” Covid-19 vaccine to personal hospitals and “earned a revenue”.

Prima facie, it’s in clear violation of the Liberalized Pricing and Accelerated Nationwide Covid-19 Vaccination Technique, stated Further Secretary within the Well being Ministry Vandana Gurnani to the principal secretary of the Punjab authorities’s Well being Division.

“As you might be conscious, from Might 1, 2021, the Liberalized Pricing and Accelerated Nationwide Covid-19 Vaccination Technique has come into power. In response to this technique, personal sector hospitals are instantly procuring Covid-l9 vaccines from the vaccine producers,” the letter stated.

“The state authorities is, subsequently, requested to substantiate the veracity of this news article and ship a clarification to MoHFW instantly on this regard,” she stated.

Beneath flak from the opposition for “diverting” Covid vaccines to personal hospitals, the Punjab authorities on Friday requested them to return all inventory meant for the 18-44 age group.

The dramatic turnabout got here after opposition events—Shiromani Akali Dal, Aam Aadmi Occasion and Bharatiya Janata Occasion— slammed the Congress authorities for “promoting” to personal hospitals doses meant to be administered free.

“The order of offering one-time restricted vaccine dose to 18-44 years age group inhabitants via personal hospitals has not been taken in the proper spirit and is hereby withdrawn,” the federal government notice stated.

“Additional, it has been determined that the personal hospitals ought to return forthwith all of the vaccine doses accessible with them,” Vikas Garg, who’s in command of Punjab’s Covid vaccination programme, stated within the order.

As soon as they get their very own direct provides from the producers, the personal hospitals may also return to the state authorities the doses they’ve already used up.

Hours earlier than the event Friday night, state Well being Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu stated he has ordered a probe into the allegations. — PTI


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