‘Little Room for Judicial Interference’: Centre Firm on Vaccine Pricing Policy in SC Affidavit
In its affidavit to the Supreme Court, the Center said that its vaccination policy had been framed to ensure equitable distribution and that there was “little room for judicial interference” in these matters at the time of a pandemic. In an affidavit submitted on Sunday night, the Centre maintained that the vaccination drive for those between 18 and 44 was approved after requests by states and that the Centre persuaded manufacturers to supply vaccines to states at uniform prices.
Growth of Covid-19 Cases Hits Record Low of 5% Since Start of 2nd Wave But Death Rates Grim Reminder of Crisis
India witnessed over 27,000 deaths and 27.4 lakh cases over the last week, with the daily case fatality rate crossing the 1% mark, according to Times of India. Despite the case growth rate being a record low of 5% since the start of the second wave, deaths mounted to 15% with the highest recorded daily case fatality rate in the last three days. India’s weekly toll crossed 25,000 for the first time, and the period of May 3-9 saw 27,243 deaths, a sharp contrast to the 23,781 deaths reported just the previous week.
Himanta Biswa Sarma Swearing-in: JP Nadda to Attend Oath-Taking Ceremony
Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma will take oath today as the next chief minister of the state after he was elected unanimously by the BJP Legislature Party, which met in Guwahati on Sunday. According to sources in the party, Sarma’s name was proposed by incumbent chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal. After the decision, Sarma thanked the people of Assam for their ‘pious faith’. “With fragrance of Assam in my heart & love of my wonderful people in my veins, I offer my deepest gratitude to you all. I would not have been what I am had it not been for your pious faith in me.
Not Just Shortage and Slow Inoculation Rate, India’s Vaccine Costs Highest Globally: Report
Current vaccine prices in India, including the private sector, happen to be one of the highest in the world. Majority of countries are not making people pay from their own pocket for Covid vaccination. Initially, the Centre was procuring both vaccines at Rs 150 and supplying them to state governments and private hospitals. The private sector was allowed to charge Rs 100 per dose as vaccination charges. Private hospitals had agreed that Rs 100 would cover the cost of administering the vaccine. However, many hospitals are effectively charging Rs 250-300 per shot of Covishield as vaccination charges.
Gunman Kills 6 at US Birthday Party Before Shooting Himself, Children Survive
Agunman opened fire at a birthday party in Colorado, killing six people in the early hours of Sunday before taking his own life, US police said. Colorado Springs police responded shortly after midnight to an emergency call at a mobile home park, where they found six adults shot dead and one adult male who was seriously injured. He was transported to a local hospital, where he died from his injuries. Preliminary investigations revealed that families had gathered for a birthday party inside one of the trailers when the shooting occurred.
After Twitter Suspension, Instagram Takes Down Kangana Ranaut’s Post on COVID-19
Days after actress Kangana Ranaut’s Twitter handle was permanently suspended by Twitter for insensitive comments on the reported post-election violence in West Bengal, Instagram has now deleted one of the actress’ posts where she talked about the ongoing pandemic. A couple of days ago, the Manikarnika actress had taken to Instagram to inform her followers that she had tested positive for coronavirus. Sharing a picture of her, she had written, “I have quarantined myself, I had no idea this virus is having a party in my body, now that I know I will demolish it, people please don’t give anything any power over you, if you are scared it will scare you more, come let’s destroy this Covid -19 it is nothing but a small time flu which got too much press and now psyching few people. Har Har Mahadev.”