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[COVID-19 Vaccine] Huge amounts spent on private company vaccines; what steps taken to revive Govt Vaccine Institutes? Madras High Court asks Centre

Lawstreet Journal 11 May 2021 10:27pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary [COVID-19 Vaccine] Huge amounts spent on private company vaccines; what steps taken to revive Govt Vaccine Institutes? Madras High Court asks Centre

The Madras High Court on Friday (May 7, 2021) asked why the Central government is dependent solely on private manufacturers to procure COVID-19 vaccines in large quantities while government-owned facilities such as the Integrated Vaccine Complex at HLL Biotech Ltd (HBL), Chengalpattu, are idle.

A Veronica Mary filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition before the bench of Justices MS Ramesh and B Pugalendhi.

The Madras High Court on Friday asked why the Central government is dependent solely on private manufacturers to procure COVID-19 vaccines in large quantities when government-owned facilities, such as the Integrated Vaccine Complex at HLL Biotech Ltd (HBL), Chengalpattu, are idle.

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition filed by one A Veronica Mary was heard by a bench of Justices MS Ramesh and B Pugalendhi.

Regardless, one thing is clear: "At this time, the Government is procuring COVID vaccines, namely COVAXIN from Bharat Biotech and COVISHIELD from Serum Institute of India, which are private companies, implying that the Government's vaccine manufacturing institutes are not being used at all."

The Bench went on to say that, considering the size of the Indian population and the current sales rates of the two vaccines available in India - COVISHIELD and COVAXIN - "the Government has to invest huge amounts of money."

Concerns have been expressed about government-owned vaccine units not being used during the pandemic.

"This Court is not finding fault with the Government's action in procuring the vaccines from private enterprises or the deliberations with regard to the fixation of price, but, our anguish is… Continue Reading...


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