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BJP MLA calls SII CEO Adar Poonawalla 'dacoit' over COVID-19 vaccine pricing

Gorakhpur MLA Radha Mohan Das Agrawal made the remarks after SII on Wednesday announced a price of Rs 600 per dose for Covishield supplies to private hospitals and Rs 400 per dose to state governments

twitter-logoPTI | April 22, 2021 | Updated 18:14 IST
BJP MLA calls SII CEO Adar Poonawalla 'dacoit' over COVID-19 vaccine pricing
Gorakhpur MLA Radha Mohan Das Agrawal (Source: Facebook/ @agrawalrmdmla)

Upset over anti-coronavirus vaccine pricing by the Serum Institute of India (SII), a BJP MLA has compared its CEO Adar Poonawalla with a "dacoit" and asked the government to "acquire" the company under the Epidemic Diseases Act.

Gorakhpur MLA Radha Mohan Das Agrawal made the remarks after SII on Wednesday announced a price of Rs 600 per dose for Covishield supplies to private hospitals and Rs 400 per dose to state governments.

"@adarpoonawalla you are worse than a dacoit. @PMOIndia @AmitShah @blsanthosh @drharshvardhan should acquire your factory under epidemic act," the MLA, who is also a doctor, said in a tweet in Hindi on Wednesday.

In a series of tweets, Agrawal also referred to the Swaminathan Commission's formula for agriculture costs and prices.

The world's largest vaccine maker announced pricing of AstraZeneca shots it manufactures at its Pune facility, following the government decision to open up inoculation to all citizens above 18 years of age.

Also Read: Covid-19 vaccine: How much can Serum Institute, Bharat Biotech jack up prices?

Also read: Vaccine for all above 18 from May 1: Key highlights of govt's Phase 3 strategy

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