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Supreme Court questions dual COVID-19 vaccine pricing for Centre, states

The Supreme Court bench did not pass any orders on COVID-19 vaccine pricing, but asked the Centre to examine issue, Bar & Bench reported.

April 30, 2021 / 02:48 PM IST
Supreme Court (Image: Shutterstock)

Supreme Court (Image: Shutterstock)

The Supreme Court (SC) on April 30 questioned the different pricing of COVID-19 vaccines for Centre and state governments.

A three-judge Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, L Nageswara Rao and Ravindra Bhat was hearing the suo motu case on issues related to COVID-19 management.

The SC bench did not pass any orders in this regard, but asked the Centre to examine issue, Bar & Bench reported.

"AstraZeneca is providing vaccines at far lower price to the US citizens then why should we be paying so much? Manufacturers are charging you Rs 150 but Rs 300 or Rs 400 to States. Why should we as a nation pay this, the price difference becomes 30 to 40,000 crores?" Justice Bhat said, as quoted by Bar & Bench.