Sale of Covaxin at 1050 a dose by Punjab: Union minister accuses state of ‘profiteering’ , state officials say it was one-time sale to enable private hospitals


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Out of 1.14 lakh Covaxin doses Punjab received on May 27, Punjab government sold 40000 doses, procured at Rs 420 per dose, to over 20 private hospitals for Rs 1060 per dose and the private hospitals in turn reportedly fixed the rate to Rs 1560 per dose for an individual.

Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur speaks in the Lok Sabha (LSTV/PTI Photo)

Reacting to the remarks of Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur where he accused Punjab government of making “profits” by selling the vaccines procured under the State quota to private hospitals, Punjab’s nodal officer for vaccination Vikas Garg on Thursday said “it was a one time measure” and the decision was taken to “enable private hospitals to start vaccination” and to “tackle the pressure [of vaccine requirement] across the State”.

The state quota was meant for individuals aged between 18 to 44 with co-morbodities, for construction workers and families of healthcare workers in government vaccination centres (Punjab government has opened vaccination for 18-44 age group only for selected priority groups due to vaccine shortage and not for all yet). The private hospitals however are administrating the Covaxin to anyone above 18.



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