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‘Artificial shortage’: SAD alleges vaccine scam in Punjab, alleges diversion to private hospitals at hefty margins

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Punjab vaccine scamSukhbir Singh Badal stated that whereas Rahul Gandhi is demanding free vaccination, he ought to now talk about widespread folks paying Rs 6,000 or Rs 9,000 for a single vaccine dose.

The Amarinder Singh-led Congress authorities has come beneath hearth from opposition events for allegedly promoting vaccines to personal hospitals. Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal has claimed that the Congress authorities bought vaccines for Rs 400/vial and bought it to personal hospitals at a price of Rs 1060 per vial which in flip charged hefty quantity from the beneficiaries.

“The COVID vaccine is obtainable however the Punjab authorities is promoting it to personal hospitals. The Punjab authorities is getting vaccines at Rs 400 however promoting them to personal hospitals at Rs 1060 and personal hospitals are administering vaccines at greater costs,” claimed Sukhbir Singh Badal.

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He stated that it’s immoral for the Congress authorities to revenue from the sale of COVID-19 vaccines. “Individuals are being punished throughout a time of financial slowdown. Congress authorities has abdicated its accountability in direction of public welfare by corporatising vaccine distribution. Your entire COVID-19 administration train stands uncovered,” he claimed.

Badal stated that whereas Rahul Gandhi is demanding free vaccination, he ought to now talk about widespread folks paying Rs 6,000 or Rs 9,000 for a single vaccine dose. “Rahul Gandhi who has demanded free vaccines for all ought to inform what he has to say to a standard man pressured to pay Rs 6,000 to Rs 9,000 for a single vaccine dose for his household. He ought to inform if he helps the Punjab authorities’s choice to power folks to get vaccine doses for Rs 1560,” stated SAD chief.

Sukhbir Singh Badal stated that the Congress authorities is enjoying with folks’s lives. He stated that the well being minister of Punjab needs to be sacked. “Punjab Well being minister Balbir Singh needs to be sacked. Punjab Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan also needs to not act like a market salesman for personal establishments by encouraging folks to get vaccinated at inflated charges,” he stated, hitting out on the administration.

Shiromani Akali Dal additionally demanded a Excessive Court docket-monitored probe into the diversion of vaccines to personal gamers at hefty margins to create a synthetic scarcity. “Vaccines procured @ Rs 400 /dose bought to personal hosp for Rs 1060 and can be found to widespread man at Rs 1560. This can be a rip-off,” stated Badal on Twitter whereas tagging Union Well being Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan in his tweet.

Notably, on Could 15, it was Vini Mahajan who herself knowledgeable that personal hospitals Max Mohali and Fortis have procured vaccines and have begun vaccinating 18-44 years in Punjab. “Max is charging Rs 900 for Covishield and Fortis Rs 1250 for Covaxin. Please register on Cowin Portal to e book a slot at these hospitals,” she had stated.

BJP Nationwide Normal Secretary B L Santhosh slammed the Congress-ruled states over the problem. “First it was Rahul Gandhi’s Rajasthan authorities throwing vaccines into rubbish and dustbins. Now, his personal Punjab authorities sells Covaxin to personal hospitals at premium price. Bankrupt Get together. Shameless leaders,” stated BL Santhosh.

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