ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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now intending to buy the vaccine.
The case raises several issues pertaining to the entire network of vaccine supply and purchase which impinges on the immunisation programme. Notwithstanding the case made out by the counsel for HBPC, the central government clearly has no obligation, except perhaps on principle, to buy its supplies from state-owned agencies. On the other hand, given th e already tight budgets of immunisation programmes, it is certainly imprudent to be spending on a more expensive vaccine if appropriate supplies of the vaccine are available at a lower price. But there are several gray areas in the whole process of purchase of vaccines. One of these was presented by, the counsel for the firm from which the central government has sought to make the new purchases, namely, new conditions of manufacture, which had not been indicated to HBPC, but were clearly known to the private firm.

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