Show complete history of Covid-19 vaccine purchase: SC to Centre

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked Centre to show complete dats of its purchase history related to the three vaccines — Covishield, Covaxin and Sptunik V — which have being administerd across the country after DCGI’s approval. The Apex Court’s direction came during suo-moto hearing on the Covid-19 crisis management in he country. 

“The data should clarify the dates of all procurement orders placed by the central government for all three vaccines, the quality of vaccines as ordered on each date, and the projected date of supply,” a three-judge bench, comprising Justices DY Chandrachud, L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat said, passing its orders.

Further, the top court also asked Centre to present clear figures, asking it the percentage of the population that has been given first dose, as well both the jabs.

India started its vaccination drive against coronavirus on January 16. While indigenous Covaxin and AstraZeneca’s vaccine produced by the name of Covishield by Bharat Biotech were approved last year in December, Sputnik V was approved this year in April. 

The top court has said that an affidavit with all asked details should be filed by the Union of India within two weeks, the bench said, listing June 30 as the next date of hearing.

“We also note that the Union of India’s stated position in its affidavit dated 9 May 2021 is that every state/UT government shall provide vaccination free of cost to its population,” the court observed further, directing central and state governments to file an affidavit, also within two weeks, to clarify their position and put on record their individual policies over providing vaccination free of cost to the beneficiaries.

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Earlier today, Health Ministry in a statement said that as many as 23 crore vaccines have been given to states and union territories, of which 1.64 are still left with them. 

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