Reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement that the centre will provide anti Covid vaccines for free to all the eligible age groups, the Congress alleged the delay in accepting the opposition’s demand “inflicted a huge cost on the people of India”.
“The Prime Minister inflicted a huge cost on the people of India before accepting the Opposition’s demand for centralised procurement and free vaccination for 18-44 year olds. Humility and reaching out will not hurt him,” senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh tweeted.
The Prime Minister inflicted a huge cost on the people of India before accepting the Opposition’s demand for centralised procurement and free vaccination for 18-44 year olds. Humility and reaching out will not hurt him. https://t.co/4rXfhWFvJs
— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) June 7, 2021
Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia claimed the Supreme Court calling the centre’s vaccine pricing policy “irrational” and “arbitrary” led to the tweaked policy.
“We will like to thank the honourable Supreme Court. Due to the court’s intervention, all eligible age groups will now get the vaccines for free. This could have been done earlier if the centre wanted. Because of the centre’s policy, neither the states were able to buy vaccines nor the centre was giving vaccines,” Mr Sisodia tweeted in Hindi.
PM Modi, addressing the nation, announced that from June 21, the centre will take over the vaccination drive completely. He said the private sector can procure 25 percent of the vaccines supplied directly from the manufacturers, and the private hospitals can charge Rs 150 more than the price per dose fixed by the government.