Kerala High Court hears petition challenging Centre’s new COVID-19 vaccine policy. The matter before Bench headed by Justice Ashok Menon.

Matter is posted before Supreme Court, matter relating to pricing is also before Supreme Court, Court informed.

We will wait for that, we will not pass any orders. Let notice go and come: Court

Court says it is issuing notice to Respondents 4 and 5.

Adv Haris Beeran (for Petitioner): What we need as urgent measure is from May 18-45 going to be vaccinated. There is a considerable deviation from earlier policy. There are no free vaccines given to States. States will have to buy at an exorbitant price... arbitrary

Court: Supreme Court will take care of this also?

Yes: A counsel says

Petitioner adv: Let it come on April 30, because May 18-45 vaccination starts. It is a v imp category. Differential price, my friend may be right that Supreme Court is taking. That is the suo motu matter.
Court: Whether your concern is also going to be addressed?

Petitioner adv: Only differential pricing was taken up (not aspect of vaccination of 18-45 age group)... let it come up on April 30.
Petitioner adv: Union Govt has gone for universal immunization, free of cost (earlier for polio etc.).. we cannot have a departure... a number of people in this category (18-45) are dying now. How can they be denied vaccination?
Another counsel rebuts: No one is denying. Whole country is on accelerated vaccination drive. How can they say deny?

Court: As regards pricing, will issue notice to the companies also. As regards the rest, government will have to answer

State Attorney KV Sohan also present.
Matter posted on first week of May for admission. Notice also issued to respondents 7 and 8.


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