NEW DELHI: The Centre in an affidavit to Supreme Court on Monday asked the top court to refrain from interfering with the government’s vaccine policy. In the document, the Centre said its policy was one that ensures vaccine equity. However, vaccine shortages and heightened infection numbers are reasons why all seekers are unable to avail vaccines at the same time. The Centre has ensured uniform vaccine prices for all states, read the affidavit.
It further told the court that Centre had the powers to formulate suitable policies in public interest in times of extraordinary crises.
Vaccine policy was formulated after extensive discussions with the state governments, medical experts and vaccine manufactures. The policy ensures unbiased and equitable vaccine distribution and conforms to mandate of Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution.
Court interference is uncalled for at a time of dealing with a dreadful pandemic of this magnitude. The vaccine policy has been formulated taking public health interest into account and the court should trust the wisdom of the Executive, said Centre said in its affivadvit.