India's biggest vaccine maker slashes price per jab for states

Kolkata, India: Effective immediately, the Serum Institute of India CEO, Mr. Aadar Poonawalla has said his organization is slashing the price per dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, in an effort the save the vital state funds in case of emergency and ensure widespread implementation of the vaccination policy. 

"As a philanthropic gesture on behalf of @SerumInstIndia, I hereby reduce the price to the states from Rs.400 to Rs.300 per dose, effective immediately; this will save thousands of crores of state funds going forward. This will enable more vaccinations and save countless lives," Mr. Adar said in a Tweet. 

India has announced opening the vaccination scope to a wider demographic from May 1, which has been since January limited to the country's frontline workers, healthcare staff, and people over the age of 45. 

The move was announced earlier this month after India began witnessing a devastating outbreak of the novel coronavirus that has now gone out of control and has pushed the nation's fragile healthcare sector to the knees. 

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi late Tuesday called on Indians to step up their efforts to battle the coronavirus so that fresh lockdowns are not necessary, as the vast nation reels from an explosion of cases and the capital run dangerously short of oxygen supplies.

Mr. Poonawala's announcement comes after the center announced states will now qualify to directly procure the Covishield vaccine doses from the manufacturer directly, which was earlier only limited to the central government.

Narendra Modi-led India's government opened the floodgates of a more sweeping vaccination policy, giving states more autonomy on price and decisions after the nation began to break records with a daily number of new cases under the 'second wave.' 

The private market Covishiled price remains at Rs. 600 per dose. Though Bharat Biotech has set the price of its Covid-19 vaccine, Covaxin, for state governments at 600 per dose and private hospitals at 1,200 per dose.

The central government will obtain both vaccines at a cost of $150 per dose.

The private market Covishiled price remains at $600 per dose. Bharat Biotech, the maker of Covaxin, has set the price of its Covid-19 vaccine for state governments at Rs. 600 per dose and private hospitals at Rs. 1,200 per dose.

The central government will obtain both vaccines at a cost of $150 per dose.

Covid-19 vaccine will be available for everyone over the age of 18 starting on May 1st via the Co-WIN website. The registration period for the third phase of the immunization drive started today, April 28th, at 4 p.m.

"Registration for 18 plus to begin on, Aarogya Setu App & UMANG App at 4 PM on 28th April.

Appointments at State Govt centers & Private centers depending on how many vaccination centers are ready on 1st May for Vaccination of 18 plus: Aarogya Setu informed in a tweet.

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