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'India the Only Country Leaving COVID Vaccine Price to Manufacturers': Plea in Kerala High Court Challenges Centre's Vaccination Policy

Lawstreet Journal 1 May 2021 6:03pm

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The Central Government's new Vaccination policy has been challenged in the Kerala High Court through a writ Petition. The petition has been filed on the ground of differentiated pricing allowed by it for the centre and the statesas being arbitrary and discriminatory. 

Advocate CP Pramod has filed the petition. He has  contested as a Left Democratic Front Candidate in the Palakkad Constituency. He claims that, it amounts to an illegal discrimination to exclude the people between the ages of 18- 45 from the centres free vaccine quota. 

The petition is filed through Advocates Athul Shaji and Anwin John Antony. Among other grounds, the Advocates has criticized the differentiated pricing for vaccines. They had claimed that leaving the states to compete for the vaccines in the open market is a deviation from the principle that the vaccines have to be procured at the central level for distribution to the states. 

Excluding citizens under the age of 45 (who comprise 79% of the population) from eligibility for free vaccines is an unreasonable classification that amounts to hostile discrimination under Article 14 of the Indian Constitution and"is wholly prejudicial to the development of Herd Immunity through Universal Immunisation", the petitioner adds.

According to the reports, India is the only country where the pricing of COVID vaccines is left up to the manufacturers. Because of the central Government's stand, manufacturers have profited from the sale of COVID vaccines, which have been approved through a fast track process and are authorised for emergency use as a life-saving measure, the… Continue Reading...

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