On Monday, while hearing the Suo Motu Petition on COVID19 Management in the country, the Supreme Court questioned the Central government’s “dual policy” on purchase and procurement of COVID-19 vaccines.
A Bench of Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice L Nageswara Rao and Justice S Ravindra Bhat observed that there should be a uniform pricing policy for COVID vaccines across the nation.
The Court observed that the Centre says that it gets the vaccine for low price as it buys in bulk, therefore if this is the case then what is the rationale in allowing States to purchase vaccine at a higher price. The Bench mooted for one price of vaccine across the nations.
Further the Court has shown its concern on “Digital Divide” in Urban and Rural India, as in rural parts of the Country people are unable to access the internet and register on COWIN Portal.
The bench remarked that “ Our law clerks and secretaries have tried to register on CoWin app, so we know how it works.”
The Court asked the Centre to “smell the coffee” and realise what is happening at the ground level of the Country and take required measures..