Jagan urges PM to end vaccine supply to private hospitals

Prime Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to suspend the supply of vaccines to private hospitals direct from manufacturers until there is a surplus.

In a letter to Mr. Modi on Saturday, Mr. Jagan said: “In a situation where there is not enough supply to fully cater for the age group over 45 and without the possibility of taking up the free vaccination for the 18 year olds. 44 years for the next few months, it seems very unreasonable to allow some private hospitals to vaccinate people of all ages at exorbitant rates. “

This is not only a disadvantage for the poorer sections of society, but has also led to a situation of the vaccine being illegally marketed, which is administratively a Herculean task of control. He told the Prime Minister the state must limit vaccination to 45+ age due to inadequate care.

“Because of the flexibility that private hospitals have to set the price of their vaccines, they charge up to Rs. 2,000 / £ 25,000 for each dose, making it one of the most expensive in the world and one that is publicly critical “Said Jagan.

Furthermore, Mr Jagan said that having vaccines available in both public and private hospitals would only be a good idea if there was an excessive availability of vaccines where everyone could choose any mode of their choice and financial capacity.

“In today’s situation where supply is very limited, making this option available to private hospitals, where they charge exorbitantly, is socially unacceptable and administratively difficult to monitor,” Jagan wrote.

“I urge you to look into this matter carefully and to refrain from delivering vaccines to private hospitals so that all stocks are only available to central and state governments to take in vaccination of all eligible individuals,” said he.

The state government, with the centre’s permission, had postponed vaccination of people ages 18 to 44 as it intended to use scarce doses to vaccinate people 45 and older who were due for the second dose in the state.

Private hospitals are allowed to buy vaccines directly from the manufacturer from the 50% offer, which is intended for the “other than the government”. of India ”channel.

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