The second phase of corona vaccination is currently underway in the country. In this phase, the vaccine is being given to people over 60 years of age and those above the age of 45 suffering from serious illness. Apart from this, the central government is supplying the Corona vaccine to other countries as well. But on 4 March, the Delhi High Court reprimanded the Center for vaccine export.
The High Court said that instead of giving vaccines to the citizens of the country on priority, they are being exported. The court said that a ‘sense of urgency’ should be brought in this case.
The Delhi High Court said, “Covid-19 vaccines are being donated and sold abroad while the people of India are yet to be vaccinated.”
Court’s question on the basis of the Center giving the vaccine
In the first phase of corona vaccination, vaccines were given to healthcare and frontline workers. In the second phase, vaccination has started on the basis of age and disease. The Delhi High Court questioned the reasoning behind this decision of the Center.
The court asked who will be given the corona vaccine, what is the logic behind the Centre’s ‘strict control’ on it.
Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli said that the Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech have more capacity to deliver the vaccine but it seems that they are not using it.
“We are not making full use of it. We are either donating or selling it to other countries and are not giving vaccines to our people. So there is a need for a sense of responsibility and urgency. “
The High Court asked the Delhi government to inspect the medical facilities in all the court complexes and tell if COVID-19 vaccination centers can be built in these complexes.
The court was hearing a public interest litigation, which he himself started. It was started on the demand of Delhi Bar Council. The council had demanded that all people involved in the judicial process, including judges, court staff and lawyers, be declared ‘frontline workers’, so that they are given a vaccine on priority without any limitation of age and illness.