‘Provide vaccines free of cost’: Kerala CM writes to PM Modi

Pinarayi Vijayan 1

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Tuesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to rethink the brand new coverage on vaccine distribution and supply the required amount of vaccines freed from value to the state governments.

Referring to the coverage that the producers must make an advance declaration of the worth for 50 per cent provide that will be out there to state governments and in open market, Vijayan mentioned states have been requested to get vaccines from the manufactures at a worth. “The state governments are already going through further monetary commitments because of the pandemic. The further burden of buying vaccines will place appreciable pressure on state funds,’’ he mentioned.

The union authorities had said that 50 per cent of the vaccine doses are to be earmarked for the central authorities, and the stability 50 per cent is to be distributed to state governments and within the open market.

Vijayan mentioned the states have Constitutional obligation within the well being sector and do want an assured quota of vaccines which must be supplied free within the pandemic scenario. It is crucial that vaccines are to be supplied freed from value to the states.

He mentioned although the coverage states that the central authorities would offer vaccine freed from value to the state governments from the 50 per cent of the quota based mostly on the standards, the states require a reassurance that they’d not be left to compete with open market gamers.

He mentioned open market distributors could also be permitted to have a specified quota of the vaccines, for which reasonably priced worth must be mounted in order that unscrupulous gamers don’t exploit the general public.

Vijayan additionally urged the Prime Minister to allot Kerala 50 lakh doses of vaccines for implementing the state’s mega vaccination plan.