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Dissolve the phase III vaccine policy, direct acquisition of 100% of the doses by the Center: Bengala a SC | India News

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NEW DELHI: The West Bengal government moved to the Supreme Court on Friday seeking instructions to dissolve the Center’s Phase III vaccine policy and the adoption of a uniform policy of acquiring 100 percent doses of Covid-19 from the vaccine manufacturers that can be equitably distributed to all Union states and territories for free decentralized distribution.
The state government also sought to sideline the differential pricing mechanism for Covid-19 vaccines and cap the price of Covid-19 vaccines to a uniform price of Rs 150 per dose.
The request for intervention has been submitted by the state government in the pending matter taken suo motu by the superior court to guarantee the distribution of essential supplies and services during the pandemic.
He requested instructions for the Center to “place a single bulk order of Covid-19 vaccines on the warpath with domestic and foreign manufacturers to ensure universal coverage in the shortest possible time.”
The state government claimed that it has not yet received its allotted share of vaccines from the union government despite the Center’s commitment that it would be provided with four lakhs of Covid-19 vaccines by May 5, 2021.
“The Government of West Bengal has not yet received these 4 lakh doses until May 6, 2021,” the app said, adding that there are reports that due to vaccine shortages and uncertainty about vaccine availability States such as Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Assam, Tripura, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Punjab and UT Chandigarh had to postpone the scheduled launch of Phase III of the Covid-19 immunization program.
He said the state government was also unable to begin phase III of the vaccine launch due to the unavailability of the vaccine; However, the ongoing inoculation process for those over 44 years of age continues at different medical facilities depending on the availability of vaccines.
“The present application is submitted asking for urgent instructions from this Court, among other things, directing the Government of India to procure the Covid-19 vaccines and distribute them to the states and territories of the Union throughout India on an equitable and in the shortest possible time. ; The other directions prayed for in this application are also necessary to achieve universal coverage in the shortest time possible, ”the petition said.
The state government said that at present, there is an acute shortage of Covid-19 vaccines to achieve universal coverage in India and “the Center must take urgent action on the warpath to ensure that Covid-19 vaccines are available to states. for free decentralized distribution to the masses without further delay ”.
He said: “This course of action is necessary to ensure that the Covid-19 transmission chain is broken and human lives are saved so that the current crisis does not turn into a catastrophe. It is respectfully maintained that universal coverage is the best panacea against the second wave of the pandemic ”.
The state government said that India is contributing more than 40 percent of the number of new daily infections worldwide and these figures are expected to increase exponentially as the country enters the peak phase of the second wave of the pandemic.
“A team from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore has estimated that there will be a staggering 4, 04,000 deaths by June 11, 2021 as the death toll could double from current levels,” he said.
The state government further said that to achieve herd immunity, at least 70 percent of the adult population (approximately 650 million adults) would have to be vaccinated, which would require approximately 1.4 billion doses.
“On May 1, 2021, the Government of India, within the framework of the“ Liberalized and Accelerated Phase 3 Covid-19 Vaccination Strategy ”(Vaccine Policy), opened vaccination for the age group of 18 45 years into Phase III of its vaccination campaign, which comprises approximately 590 million or 59 million million people, ”he said.
He said the policy will result in an uneven distribution of vaccines and will defeat the very goal of universal coverage, which is crucial to achieving herd immunity.
“This is because states will compete with each other to obtain vaccines for their residents and will be forced to negotiate with private manufacturers on prices and supply; the poorest states will have less bargaining power and, therefore, residents of those states will have unequal access to vaccines and will be deprived of their fundamental right to health enshrined in article 21 of the Constitution, ”he said.
The allegation further stated that it is painfully clear that there is an acute shortage of Covid-19 vaccines and that the goal of achieving immunization of the 59 million rupees of eligible individuals among the 18-44 age group is currently a distant possibility. .
“The Government of West Bengal had requested on April 27, 2021 from the Government of India a vaccine stock of 2 crore doses for the 1 crore population within the 18-45 demographic in the state,” he said.
The state government said that instead, the Center vide its letters dated April 29, 2021 had indicated to the West Bengal government that it would “ facilitate ” the deployment of vaccines for Phase III based on its discussions with the vaccine. manufacturers under the channel “Apart from the Government of India”.

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