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Partap Bajwa questions CM Amarinder Singh over sale of Covaxin doses to private hospitals when state is facing shortage

Press Reporter Internet Desk
Chandigarh, June 4

Punjab Congress chief and Rajya Sabha MP Partap Singh Bajwa on Friday wrote a letter to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh over the controversy relating to the sale of Covaxin vaccine doses to personal hospitals.

He mentioned that 40,000 doses of Covaxin had been bought to personal hospitals by Punjab authorities at Rs 1,060 per dose and the state authorities made a revenue of Rs 2,64,00,000 from these gross sales.

Additionally learn: Punjab Authorities withdraws vaccine inventory provided to personal hospitals after ‘profiteering’ allegations by BJP

Punjab bought 1.Four lakh doses to 20 non-public hospitals at over double the associated fee, alleges BJP

The sale was confirmed by Punjab’s nodal officer for vaccination Vikas Garg, he mentioned within the letter.

“This coverage is completely uncalled for particularly in the course of this second wave. There’s a scarcity of vaccines throughout the nation and particularly within the state of Punjab. The federal government of Punjab acquired 1.14 lakh doses of Covaxin on Could 27 after the inventory of Covishield was exhausted.

“Given the low variety of individuals being vaccinated throughout the nation, the main focus of the state authorities ought to have been to make use of these doses to vaccinate the lots. By trying to revenue by promoting over 1/three of the acquired doses to the non-public hospitals, the federal government of Punjab in impact has failed in its responsibility to the individuals of Punjab,” Bajwa wrote within the letter.

He additional questioned the aim of this revenue whereby non-public hospitals have mounted a worth of Rs 1,560 per dose.

The controversy over the vaccine provided to personal hospitals in Punjab appears to be getting murkier with the federal government on Friday withdrawing the inventory.

The federal government has been accused of promoting over 1.40 lakh doses of Covaxin, which they acquired at Rs 400 every, to 20 non-public hospitals for over Rs 1,000.

Principal Secretary Hussan Lal mentioned the federal government had provided 40,000 doses and just one,000 had been administered by non-public hospitals. “We’ve got taken again the remaining inventory,” he mentioned.

In the meantime, BJP nationwide basic secretary Tarun Chugh has slammed the federal government for allegedly commercialising the sale of vaccine at a time when Punjab had recorded the best Covid mortality price within the nation.

He mentioned a legal case must be registered towards all these concerned within the alleged “vaccine rip-off”. He mentioned: “The vaccine was offered by the Centre for poor working class however was bought on business charges to personal hospitals who in flip made big cash out of it.”

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