NEW DELHI: Calling the new vaccine prices “brazen profiteering from people’s misery”, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday asked PM Narendra Modi to ensure uniform pricing of Covid vaccines across the country.
In a letter to Modi, she said the differential pricing of vaccines as announced by the Serum Institute (SII) following the new government policy implies that “government of India has abdicated its responsibility to provide free vaccination for citizens between 18-45 years”. “In these unprecedented times, how can the government permit such brazen profiteering from people’s misery?” she asked.
Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel also wrote to Modi, saying it would be judicious if the price of vaccines to be supplied to the Centre and the states is the same. “After the Centre decided that everyone above 18 years can be vaccinated, the Chhattisgarh government has decided to provide vaccination free of cost to all adults in our state,” he wrote.
“Since Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin has been developed with the cooperation of the government, it should be cheaper than the one developed by SII,” he suggested.