The Indian government has initiated a new government policy.
When the central government said it would take the vaccine and distribute it to the nation, the Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Mamatha Banerjee rejected the idea and asked to leave it to the states. The central government did so and after that, again the opposition raised concerns, and, the Supreme Court also strongly asked the central government about vaccine policy, maybe, as a result, the central government made its policy ready. However, the government may also understand the danger after the second wave and took over the policy of vaccine.
The people are appreciating the latest vaccine policy including the opposition leaders, like CM of Tamil Nadu Stalin.
The policy is that the government will provide 75% of the vaccine free of cost to all the states and 25% is given to the private hospitals. The private hospitals can procure the vaccines, from the manufactures directly.
The Health and finance secretaries met on Tuesday to discuss vaccine cost under the new guidelines and discussed ways to finance the new centralised vaccine policy.
The Centre is also prepared to provide additional funds over and above the Rs 35,000-crore fund provided in the budget.
Government sources said that in the first estimates of the centralised vaccine drive, 188 crore jabs till December 31 may cost the Centre between Rs 45,000 and Rs 50,000 crore.
As per the PM’s announcement, on June 21st, yoga day, the central government will give Covid-19 vaccines to all states. This means that the Centre will procure 75 per cent of all vaccines produced in India and supply them to adults free of cost.
PM also assured that the state governments need not to spend money on the Covid vaccine.
For the private hospitals, there is a cap on the cost of the vaccines, which includes, Covaxin, Covishield, and Sputnik V. Covishied is 780 rupees, Covaxin is 1410 and Sputnik V is at 1145 rupees.
Apart from the cost of the vaccine, private hospitals will not be allowed to charge more than Rs 150 per dose. State governments will be responsible for monitoring the same.
PM also said that the CoWIN platform is being talked about and several countries have expressed interest in using it for their vaccination drives.
The central government recently ordered the 300 million of vaccine doses from Hyderabad based Pharmaceutical company Biological E, worth 1500 crores.
The central government has promised that it will complete the vaccination to all the Indian citizens
The central government also thinking of taking out the GST on the medical equipment including, the oxygen, medicines masks and sanitisers which are useful in Covid infection.