Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel writes to PM Modi, seeks details on supply, prices of vaccines

Published on Apr 22, 2021 06:34 PM IST

The chief minister further wrote that it is expected that the cost of vaccines should be uniform for the Centre as well as states. Since, Covaxin has been developed with assistance from the Government of India therefore, Bharat Biotech should supply its vaccines at lesser prices compared to the one by Serum Institute of India.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Thursday said it is necessary to prepare a detailed action plan before organising a vaccination drive at such a huge scale. (HT PHOTO.)
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Thursday said it is necessary to prepare a detailed action plan before organising a vaccination drive at such a huge scale. (HT PHOTO.)

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking immediate information on the availability and cost of vaccines to be provided to the state as part of the third phase of the Covid-19 vaccination drive due to begin on May 1, according to officials.

The chief minister in his letter said that in perspective of the Centre’s decision of allowing everyone above 18 years of age to get vaccinated against Covid-19, the state government has decided to arrange free of cost vaccines for its people in addition to the vaccines available by the Government of India.

Stating that there are only a few days left for commencement of the third phase of the vaccination drive, Baghel said it is necessary to prepare a detailed action plan before organising a vaccination drive at such a huge scale.

Baghel also sought information regarding the number of vaccines to be provided monthly to the state by the Centre, approximate number of vaccines to be provided to the state monthly by the Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech and the cost of vaccines provided to the Centre and states by SII and Bharat Biotech.

The chief minister further wrote that it is expected that the cost of vaccines should be uniform for the Centre as well as states. Since, Covaxin has been developed with assistance from the Government of India therefore, Bharat Biotech should supply its vaccines at lesser rates compared to the one by Serum Institute.

He said a uniform price of vaccines would be justified as both the state and the Centre earn revenue from tax payers money.

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