28042021-TTB-01.qxd 4/27/2021 11:52 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.141 no.116 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2021-2023 established in 1881 ARMY CHIEF REVIEWS TROOPS’ READINESS J&K/LADAKH /thetribunechd RBI ISSUES NORMS FOR APPOINTMENT OF AUDITORS OF BANKS, NBFCs BUSINESS WORLD RUSHES AID, AUS SENDS 500 VENTILATORS BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com wednesday | 28 april 2021 National crisis, can’t be mute spectator: SC Satya Prakash Makeshift spaces for last rites as Covid toll spirals Tribune News Service Aditi Tandon New Delhi, April 27 Maintaining that it can’t be a mute spectator during a national crisis, the Supreme Court today asked the Centre to clarify the basis and rationale behind the pricing of Covid-19 vaccines. Covaxin, produced by Bharat Biotech, would be available at Rs 600 per dose for state governments and at Rs 1,200 per dose for private hospitals, while Covishield, produced by the Serum Institute of India, would be priced at Rs 400 per dose for state governments and Rs 600 per dose for private hospitals from May 1. However, the Centre is procuring and will continue continued on page 9 edit: eci in the dock Tribune News Service Clarify rationale behind vax pricing, Centre told IN BRIEF Cremated as Covid +ve, but not on list of dead LUDHIANA: The names of two Covid patients whose bodies were ferried on a cart and an auto-rickshaw for cremation have been found missing from the hospital list of Covid fatalities. INSIDE Mayor’s spouse held for violating norms BATHINDA: The police have arrested Bathinda Mayor Raman Goyal’s husband Sandeep Goyal along with 11 others for attending a councillors’ party here in violation of Covid norms. INSIDE Acute shortage of ambulances in HP SHIMLA: With 10-fold increase in calls for ambulance by Covid patients compared to last year, 90 dedicated vehicles are proving inadequate in Himachal Pradesh. INSIDE A makeshift arrangement for pyres near the Sarai Kale Khan crematorium in New Delhi. MANAS RANJAN BHUI 2,00,000 DEATHS The total Covid cases stood at 1,76,36,307 on Tuesday morning and toll at 1,97,894 with addition of 2,771 deaths over the past 24 hours. The toll had crossed 2 lakh by the end of the day. NO VAX SHORTAGE, STATES HAVE 1 CR DOSES: CENTRE The government on Tuesday said states and UTs had one crore doses available and 80 lakh more would be sent over the next three days. TNS MARGINAL DIP IN CASES India’s daily cases fell marginally from 3,52,991 to 3,23,144 on Tuesday after hitting a new high for six days in a row. PM CHAIRS OXYGEN STATUS MEET AS SUPPLIES IMPROVE New Delhi, April 27 The pandemic continued to ravage the nation with deaths nearing 2-lakh mark and crematoriums failing to cope with the rush for last rites of victims. In Delhi, makeshift crematoriums came up at some places, forcing experts to question the Covid data. They sought transparency in reporting lest future pandemic response gets compromised. Leading virologist Shahid Jameel alleged: “We are not counting the Covid deaths properly. India sees roughly 28,000 deaths a day. The reported number of pandemic deaths is between 2,300-2,800 per day, barely 10 per cent of UNDER-REPORTING? “Under-reporting of deaths is not a case of fudging data, but a technical issue. Delayed test results are to be blamed for it” — Shahid Jameel, virologist 10 TO 20-HR WAITING AT CREMATORIUMS Kin of Covid victims across the Capital claim they have had to wait for 10-20 hours to perform last rites of loved ones. Sarai Kale Khan crematorium manager said he had never seen anything like this. the normal. If that is the case, burial and cremation grounds can’t get overwhelmed.” The top virologist, actively involved in the genome continued on page 9 EC passes the buck, says enforcing curbs not its job NEW DELHI: Facing flak over its alleged failure to enforce Covid curbs during poll campaigns, the Election Commission on Tuesday said implementing norms was the responsibility of state disaster management bodies. The EC said it had continuously directed state authorities to enforce instructions of the National Disaster Management Authority to prevent Covid spread. BAN ON VICTORY RALLIES P12 Asr Remdesivir exporter seeks nod for local sale NCR, Pb patients flood Hisar hospitals GS Paul Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 27 To overcome the shortage and bring down the price of Remdesivir, Amritsar-based Kwality Pharmaceuticals has approached the Union Government, seeking nod for the sale of this anti-viral drug in the domestic market. Only seven Indian companies have the rights to produce and sell Remdesivir injection locally under agreement with US-based Gilead Sciences. Kwality Pharmaceuticals is among other firms that can only manufacture and export the drug. Turns to Centre, wants patent binding to go It has a capacity to produce 50,000 doses a day. The firm has sought temporary exemption from patent laws from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation. Ramesh Arora, MD, Kwality Pharmaceuticals, said, “Though the Centre has put curbs on Remdesivir export, norms must be relaxed so that we can sell the drug locally to overcome its shortage. The injection can be made available for just Rs 1,500.” continued on page 9 Deepender Deswal Tribune News Service Hisar, April 27 Hisar hospitals are flooded with queries for admission, ICU beds and ventilators from Covid patients in Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan, UP and the National Capital Region, including Gurugram and Noi- ‘Outsiders’ occupy 35% of beds at dist facilities da. Sources said of around 1,000 patients admitted to 31 hospitals in Hisar, around 350 (35 per cent) are from outside Haryana. Hisar hospitals are also getting patients from adjoining Jind, Fatehabad, Sirsa and Bhiwani districts. One of the hospitals here has 20 patients from Delhi. Sources say some of the hospitals are admitting patients beyond their capacity. “The death of five patients at a private hospital yesterday is a continued on page 9
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