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Vaccination: Private hospitals sat on lakhs of doses even as BMC centres faced acute crunch

Private hospitals have maintained that shopping for big stocks of vaccines proves price successful, saves logistical challenges and enables superior organizing of the vaccination

At a time when the state government and BMC-run vaccination centres had been reeling beneath acute shortage of Coronavirus vaccines for the duration of the last week, private hospitals in capital city Mumbai and other cities had been flush with quite a few doses of Coronavirus vaccine left in stock, the Indian Express reported. Even as the central government has announced important adjustments in the vaccination policy last week, there are situations like these which depict the challenges in guaranteeing equitable distribution of Coronavirus vaccines.

Why did state-run centres run out of stock?
Before the vaccination procurement adjustments announced by Prime Minister Modi last week, the state government and the private sector had been on an equal footing with every entitled to get 25 % of the total vaccine supplies. On the other hand, 50 % of vaccine supplies had been to be handed more than to the central government. According to the Indian Express report, the state government of Maharashtra on its personal procured a total of 25.10 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses in the month of May. In contrast, private hospitals based in Maharashtra got as quite a few as 32.38 lakh vaccine doses in the identical month.



The gap involving the state government procurement and private hospitals stocks additional compounded as the state had to distribute the vaccines all more than the state whereas the important chunk of privately procured vaccine doses had been allotted to Mumbai-based private hospitals. Hence, the BMC could only get 5.23 lakh vaccine doses from the state government’s quota whereas the private hospitals based in Mumbai had been sitting on a whopping 22.37 lakh doses in the month of May. In comparison BMC in the month of April could safe about 9.47 lakh doses of vaccine as private hospitals had been not authorised to procure 25 % of the total vaccine lot.



Why private hospitals had lakhs of doses left?
The Indian Express quoted the BMC information which showed that for the duration of the complete month of May, the private hospitals could only utilise 3.34 lakh doses in Mumbai which is a paltry 15 % of the total offered stock with the hospitals. The availability of substantial quantities of unused doses of vaccine with the private hospitals received an adverse reaction from the municipal body BMC. A senior BMC official told the Indian Express on the situation of anonymity that the private sector is shopping for out more vaccines than it can administer and blocking supplies of vaccine which could have been employed by the government-run vaccination centres.

Response of private hospitals
Private hospitals have maintained that shopping for big stocks of vaccines proves price successful, saves logistical challenges and enables superior organizing of the vaccination. Dr Joy Chakraborty, COO in PD Hinduja Hospital told the Indian Express that private hospitals can’t be anticipated to invest in 10000-15000 doses at a time as it would not be economical. The Hinduja hospital had procured a total of 96000 vaccine doses and was sitting on about 70000 vaccine doses on June 2.



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