Raipur, 25 April. Terming the diverse pricing of the COVID-19 vaccine as an open loot by the center, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has said that the central government is the system of those who loot their own people by turning disaster into an opportunity.
Addressing PM Narendra Modi and Union Health Minister Dr. Harshvardhan through a letter, the CM said that the country’s second Corona vaccine producer Bharat Biotech has fixed different vaccine prices for the state governments and the open market. Accordingly, it will be sold at Rs 600 to state governments and Rs 1200 to private hospitals.
The Serum Institute has also fixed the price of its vaccine COVISHIELD at Rs 400 for the states and Rs 600 for the open market. This company is providing the vaccine to the central government for Rs 150 per dose.
“If you get a COVAXINE in a private hospital you will have to spend Rs. 1200, while the same vaccine is given to the central government for just Rs. 150. It is the public who has to face the disaster and the financial burden to ward it off as well. the central government is the system of those who loot their own people by turning disaster into opportunity, is it not?, asked Baghel.
Earlier, he shot a letter to the Prime Minister demanding that the states be provided the vaccine at the same price the central government is procuring. Different price mechanism for the state and central government is wrong. he said.