The Supreme Court has given the Center for the age group of 18-44 Kovid-19 Price Policy But it is instructed to revisit. The court says that at first sight it is also contrary to the right to life and fundamental right conferred under the constitution.
‘States and private hospitals will have to buy 50 percent
Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice L. Nageswara Rao And a bench of Justice S. Ravindra Bhatt objected to the related vaccine policy in which states and private hospitals would have to buy 50 percent of the vaccines for immunization in the 18-44 age group.
‘They may not have the ability to pay’
The bench said that leaving the states to talk directly to the manufacturers would create chaos and uncertainty. It stated that to date manufacturers have suggested two different prices. Under this, the Center would have to pay a lower price and the state governments a higher price on the purchase of the vaccine.
The apex court said that forcing state governments to negotiate with manufacturers in the name of promoting competition and attracting new manufacturers would have serious consequences for people in the age group of 18 to 44 years of vaccinations.
The bench said that like other groups of the population, this age group also includes people who are Bahujan or belong to Dalit and marginalized groups. They may not have the ability to pay.
The bench said, “Whether the necessary vaccines will be available to them will depend on the decision of each state government.” The decision of the state government will depend on its economic status and whether the vaccine should be made available free of cost and whether subsidy should be given or to what extent it is given. This will create inequality in the country. Immunization of citizens is for the benefit of the public.
The apex court said that discrimination cannot be made between citizens of different classes who are facing similar circumstances. The central government will bear the burden of providing free vaccines to the population of 45 years and above, the state governments will discharge the responsibility for the age group 18 to 44, such commercial terms they can negotiate.
’64-page orders uploaded on website’
The bench, in its 64-page order uploaded on its website on Sunday night, said, “We are not giving any decisive judgment on the constitutionality of the current policy but the way the current policy is framed, the public health provided in Article 21 of the Constitution There will be harmful consequences for the right to. ‘
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“Therefore, we believe that the central government should revisit its current vaccine policy with the observance of Article 14 (equality before law) and Article 21 (protection of life and personal liberty) of the Constitution,” the bench said.
Presently, people are being given ‘Kovishield’ and ‘Kovaxin’ vaccine supplements. The court gave this instruction in the automatic cognizance case to maintain necessary service and supplies during the Kovid-19 epidemic.