DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2021, LUCKNOW, LATE CITY, 12 PAGES `5.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 COVISHIELD PER DOSE: RS 150 FOR CENTRE, RS 400 FOR STATES, RS 600 FOR PRIVATE HOSPITALS LEAK IN MAIN STORAGE TANK Serum lists one price for Centre, one for state Oxygen leak in govt; unprecedented and unfair, say states Covid hospital Top Central govt official says open market will stimulate supply, free up resources to vaccinate poor 146 districts are cause for concern, positivity of over 15%: Govt P VAIDYANATHAN IYER KAUNAIN SHERIFF M WITH the Central government earmarking 50 per cent of vaccinesforsaleintheopenmarket, several states and even policy makers within the establishment are disturbed by a differential pricing announced by Serum Institute of India Wednesday, raising doubts about vaccine equity and fair inter se distribution amongst states and between states and private hospitals. Serum Institute announced two pricing buckets for Covishield: Rs 400 per dose for states, and Rs 600 per dose for private hospitals. The company sells Covishield to the Centre at Rs 150 a dose. While the pricing has been announced by Serum Institute,sourcesclosetothedevelopment said it was unlikely the prices were arrived at withouttheknowledgeof theCentral government. “It(differentialpricingforthe Centreandstates)isstupid,inexplicable. I don’t know what’s going on,” said a top policy maker linked to the establishment. Speaking on the condition that he not be named, he said he had not been consulted. THECENTREsaidonWednesday that146districtshavereporteda positivityrateof over15per cent and are a “cause of concern”, while274districtshavereported 5-15 per cent case positivity. It also released data which showed that post-vaccination, only “2-4 persons per 10,000” had tested positive. A total of 2,95,041 new cases and 2,023 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. The number of active cases has now crossed the 21-lakh mark, while the death toll has touched 1,82,553. “These 146 districts are a cause of concern. We have held detailed discussions with the 146 districts on efforts that have to be undertaken to control the spreadof infection.Thesearethe districts where the maximum number of cases are coming and the health system is facing the strain of new cases,” Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said. Bhushan said for the next phase of vaccination, which begins May 1, the Centre will inform the states 15 days in advance about the doses it will receive. He said the vaccine NEW DELHI, APRIL 21 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE WORLD NEW DELHI, APRIL 21 Around midnight Tuesday, there were no beds available in Delhi’s Lok Nayak Hospital, a dedicated Covid facility. Prem Nath Pandey Some key questions THE KEY question facing states is, given orders from states, how will Serum decide where to send how many stocks. Also, how do stocks move to private hospitals? There is concern that small towns and areas not served well by private healthcare may be hit. ASAD REHMAN LUCKNOW, APRIL 21 HOSPITALS IN Lucknow continued to grapple with a major oxygen shortage on Wednesday as two private medical facilities told the families of Covid-19 patients to shift them elsewhere because of the crisis. Both the hospitalssaidtheirvehicleswere parked outside oxygen plants and supply agencies but added that their current stocks would run out in a few hours despite one of them receiving 40 cylinders in the evening. A majority of the 160 Covid19 patients in Mayo Medical Centre, and Makewell Hospital CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 The poster put up at Makewell hospital CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Most of the 157 patients in hospital were on oxygen/ventilator support Oxygen leaking out of a storage tank at Zakir Hussain Municipal Hospital in Nashik on Wednesday. PTI ZEESHAN SHAIKH NASHIK, APRIL 21 TWENTY-FOUR Covid-19 patients died at a hospital run by the Nashik Municipal Corporation on Wednesday after oxygensupply wasdisrupted duetoaleakageinthemainoxygen storage tank. While13ofthedeadwere60plus, the remaining were aged between33and60years.Twelve women were among the dead. The 150-bed Dr Zakir Husain BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In BJP rank & file, a worry: ‘Phone calls pour in for bed, cylinder… can do little’ GEORGE FLOYD CASE: RAVISH TIWARI 21 NEW DELHI, APRIL FORMER COP CHAUVIN FOUND HAVING TAKEN credit for “victory” over the first wave of the GUILTY OF MURDER PAGE 10 Grappling with oxygen shortage, two UP hospitals ask kin to shift patients in Nashik, 24 patients die Covid-19 pandemic last year, both the BJP and the Centre are scramblingtorespondpolitically to the fierce second wave that’s hit the country like a “toofan,” as Prime Minister Narendra Modi called it Tuesday. The wave has touched more homesthan ever,the daily death count has hit a record high and hapless families struggle to find a bed or an oxygen cylinder. The fact that all this is one full year after the pandemic and after almost four months of calm has accentuated public anguish. For the party, too, it has hit CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 India & Covid: Sitharaman at first of Express-FT series today ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, APRIL 21 IN THE first of a series of online, agenda-setting debates organised by The Indian Express and Financial Times, policy, business and finance leaders from India and overseas will gather for a discussion on India’s place in the post-pandemic world. Kicking off the event, titled ‘India’s Quest for Economic Power’, as the keynote speaker willbeFinanceMinisterNirmala Sitharamaninconversationwith journalists from both FT and The Indian Express. ‘India’s Place in the PostPandemic World’ is the broad theme of the online series that begins Thursday. With the Covid-19 pandemic and second wave of infections clouding the outlookforIndia’seconomicand businessgrowth,thediscussions will revolve around what should be the government’s key policy prioritiestorebuildtheeconomy to ensure a resilient, sustainable recovery, and to attract foreign investments. Pending structural reforms are another key theme that will be under focus. The interview with Sitharaman will be followed by CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 * Register at: www.visionias.in/abhyaas DELHI PUNE 8465022022 8007500096 HYDERABAD AHMEDABAD 9000104133 9909447040 JAIPUR CHANDIGARH GUWAHATI 9001949244 8468022022 8468022022 Lucknow
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