“The central authorities’s choice to permit a number of costs for vaccines is discriminatory and regressive. States must unanimously reject the choice.
“The finest means ahead is for the state governments to jointly kind a Price Negotiation Committee and supply to negotiate a uniform price with the 2 vaccine producers,” the Congress chief stated in a sequence of tweets.
He stated the joint buying energy of the state governments would power the producers to comply with a uniform price.
“States must take the initiative. The central authorities has abdicated its accountability and surrendered to company profiteering,” Chidambaram added.
The Centre introduced on Monday that everybody above 18 years of age will likely be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination from May 1, whereas non-public hospitals and states will be capable to purchase the photographs from producers.
It additionally stated vaccine producers can be free to produce 50 per cent of the doses to the state governments and within the open marketplace for which they must make an advance declaration of the price earlier than May 1.
Serum Institute of India introduced a price of Rs 400 per dose for its COVID-19 vaccine ‘Covishield’ for state governments and Rs 600 per dose for personal hospitals.