The Supreme Court has ordered the government to provide complete information on the purchase history of all Covid vaccines, including Covaxin, Covishield, and Sputnik V, up to this point. It further requested that the Centre keep all relevant documents and file notations reflecting its thinking leading up to the vaccination policy on file.
The apex court ordered that the data clarify the dates of all procurement orders placed by the Centre for all three vaccines, the quantity of vaccines ordered as of each date, and the projected date of supply, in addition to requesting that the Centre place the entire data on the purchase history of all Covid vaccines on record.
It also asked the Centre to provide information on the percentage of the population who has been vaccinated (with one dose and both doses) compared to the number of people who were eligible throughout the first three phases of the immunisation campaign. The court added, “This shall contain data relevant to the percentage of the rural population as well as the percentage of the urban population that has been vaccinated.”
“While filing its affidavit, UoI (Union of India) shall also ensure that copies of all the relevant documents and file notings reflecting its thinking and culminating in the vaccination policy are also annexed on the vaccination policy. Hence, we direct the UoI to file its affidavit within 2 weeks,” a special bench of judges headed by D Y Chandrachud, L N Rao and S Ravindra Bhat said.