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Punjab Congress Under Fire Over Decision To Sell Covaxin To Hospitals

The Akali Dal has alleged that 40,000 Covaxin doses had been offered for “hefty income” (File)

Chandigarh:

Punjab Well being Minister BS Sidhu on Friday responded to accusations the state’s Congress authorities has been “diverting” Covid vaccines to personal hospitals at “hefty margins”.

Mr Sidhu advised news company ANI his division doesn’t have “management over vaccines” and in addition promised an investigation into the declare, with an preliminary report due this afternoon.

“I haven’t got management over vaccines. I simply look over therapy, testing, sampling of COVID-19 and vaccination camps. We will certainly set an inquiry… I actually can enquire…,” Mr Sidhu mentioned.

The Amarinder Singh authorities – coping with a potential inside revolt forward of subsequent 12 months’s Meeting election – discovered itself on the centre of a political storm Thursday after Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Badal mentioned it had re-sold 40,000 doses of Covaxin at “hefty margins”.

Mr Badal mentioned the doses had been bought at Rs 400 per dose and offered to personal hospitals for Rs 1,060 per dose – a “revenue” of Rs 660 per dose. The hospitals offered it at Rs 1,560 per dose.

“This quantities to a price of Rs 6,000 to Rs 9,000 per household for a single (spherical of) dose,” he mentioned. Mr Badal claimed that in Mohali 35,000 doses had been offered for “a revenue” of practically Rs 2 crore in a day.

He slammed the actions of an “immoral” Congress authorities, calling for a Excessive Courtroom-monitored probe and a case to be registered towards Well being Minister BS Sidhu.

The BJP – fiercely criticised by the Congress over the nationwide vaccination coverage – additionally hit out at its rival, with Union Minister Prakash Javadekar attacking social gathering MP Rahul Gandhi this afternoon.

“Rahul Gandhi ought to first take care of his state somewhat than giving lectures to others. Punjab has been supplied with greater than 1.40 lakh doses of Covaxin at Rs 400 and so they’ve given it to 20 personal hospitals at Rs 1000,” he mentioned.

On Thursday junior Finance Minister Anurag Thakur additionally slammed the Punjab authorities; in line with ANI he mentioned they had been exhibiting a “callous angle in direction of the folks”.

“Why ought to a person pay over Rs 3,120 for 2 doses when the centre is offering free vaccines to the state?” he requested accusing them of being “hand in glove with personal hospitals”.

“They’re making a false narrative about vaccine shortage…” he added.

Punjab is amongst a number of states to have red-flagged low vaccine shares over the previous few weeks, because the nation battles a devastating second wave of Covid infections and deaths.

Vaccine provides have grow to be a topic of heated dispute between the centre and a number of other states, after many often suspended vaccination over the previous few months citing a scarcity of doses.

The centre has mentioned it is going to vaccinate the entire nation by the top of December, however the Supreme Courtroom this week requested a number of robust questions on the way it plans to realize that focus on.

Amongst these questions had been some on the centre’s differential pricing coverage, which the Congress, in April, slammed as “vaccine profiteering” on the a part of the centre.

With enter from ANI, PTI

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