On May 13, the Supreme Court will hear the Centre’s affidavit on Covid management.

The Supreme Court said on Monday that it will review the Centre’s compliance affidavit on its vaccination and hospitalisation policies. The Supreme Court, which is currently hearing a suo motu case on the management of the Covid-19 pandemic, will hear the case again on May 13.

The Centre filed the affidavit after the Supreme Court ordered the government to reconsider its vaccine and healthcare policies in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the aftermath of the second Covid wave, the Supreme Court also directed the Centre to develop a national policy on hospital admissions within two weeks.

The central government stated in its affidavit that due to the limited availability of vaccines, inoculating the entire population in one go was not possible due to the suddenness of the pandemic, but it will ensure its “equitable distribution.”

The hearing in the Supreme Court on Monday had to be postponed due to technical difficulties in the virtual courtroom. “Our server is down today,” said a bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud, L N Rao, and S Ravindra Bhat. We judges discussed it amongst ourselves and decided to hear the case on Thursday.” Before the hearing ended for the day, Justice Chandrachud informed the Solicitor General that two of the judges had received the affidavit copy on Monday morning.