[COVID Vaccine] Explain Rationale of COVID Vaccine Pricing: Supreme Court to Centre

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court while hearing the Suo Motu case sought an explanation from the Central Government over different pricing of vaccines.

The Court has required an affidavit on this issue with all the details and rationale of COVID Vaccine pricing.

A Bench comprising Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice L Nageswara Rao and Justice S Ravindra Bhat expressed its concern over the pricing of COVID Vaccines.

During the course of hearing  Justice S Ravindra Bhat asked the Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta:

“Different manufacturers are coming out with different prices. What is the Central Govt doing about it?”,

Justice Bhat observed that pandemic is a perfect occasion to invoke special powers under the Drugs Control Act and other enactments to control pricing.

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As per the vaccination policy of the Central Government the Private Manufacturers can determine the price themselves. Recently manufacturer of COVISHIELD, Serum Institute has announced that it will sell vaccines to Government Hospitals at the rate of Rs 400 per dose and to the private hospitals at the rate of Rs 600 per dose.

On the other hand Bharat Biotech has fixed Rs 600 for State Governments and Rs 1200 per dose for private hospitals.

The next date of hearing is April 30.

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