Is it possible that while the vaccine will be distributed free in Bihar, people elsewhere have to pay for it?
The BJP IT Cell chief and the Union Minister of State for Health, Ashwani Choubey, have sought to offer an explanation. The Centre will sell the vaccine to the states at a nominal price and it would be for the states to decide if it wanted to distribute it free. In Bihar, if elected, BJP would distribute it free, they declared.
The promise seemingly violates the federal character of the country and the principle of need-based allotment of resources. By that yardstick, the life-saving vaccine should first be made available to the worst affected states like Maharashta, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi. In most countries of the world, experts are advising to give the vaccine first to care givers and the vulnerable sections of the population, the elderly and the sick. But India is the first country where BJP has given a political colour to the distribution of the vaccine which is still being developed in labs.