Government places order for 6 crore vaccines, Know how much it will cost

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Pune : Before the vaccination campaign start in the country from January 16, the government ordered  over six crore doses of Covid-19 vaccine from Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat Biotech. The total value of this order will be around Rs 1300 crore.

Sources said the government has ordered 55 lakh doses of Bharat Biotech on Monday, costing Rs 162 crore. The government on Monday ordered the purchase of 1.1 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccine ‘Covishield’ from Oxford. Each vaccine will cost Rs 210 including GST.

Official sources said that the government has committed to purchase 4.5 crore vaccines by April. This entire order will cost more than Rs 1100 crore. According to the order given, each ‘Covishield’ vaccine will cost Rs 210 including Rs 200 and Rs 10 GST.

HLL Lifecare Limited, a public sector undertaking, issued an order for the Serum Institute of India (SII) in the name of Additional Director Prakash Kumar Singh on behalf of the Union Ministry of Health. Sources said that the cost of 1.1 crore doses will be Rs 231 crore, while the remaining 4.5 crore doses will be taken together and the total cost will be Rs 1,176 crore according to the current price.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday announced that the central government will bear the cost of vaccination of three crore people, health workers and front-line employees in the first phase of the corona vaccination campaign. He also clarified that public representatives will not be included in this phase.

Prior to the upcoming nationwide vaccination campaign starting January 16, the Prime Minister on Monday interacted with the Chief Ministers of all states and said that vaccination for Covid-19 has been going on in almost 50 countries for the last three-four weeks and till now only Two and a half million people have been vaccinated, while India aims to vaccinate 300 million people in the next few months.

PM Modi also said that both the Corona vaccines prepared in the country are economical compared to other vaccines in the world and they have been manufactured according to the conditions of the country. In view of the questions arising on vaccines, the Prime Minister assured that the scientific community has taken all precautions to give an ‘effective vaccine’ to the countrymen.

The Covid-19 vaccine ‘Covishield’ of Oxford, produced by the Serum Institute of India, and the indigenously developed vaccine ‘Covaxin’ of Bharat Biotech, were approved by the drug regulator of India for limited emergency use in the country.

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