Covid-19 Vaccination drive: The first phase of vaccination against the corona virus began on Tuesday, under which the Serum Institute of India (SII), Oxford University’s Covishield (Oxford University’s Covishield) First batch of vaccine Sent. The Union Ministry of Health told in a press conference today that preparations for the world’s largest immunization program are in full swing. During this period, the Ministry also gave information regarding the number of vaccination campaigns.
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According to the Ministry of Health, 1.1 crore doses of Vaccine Covicield are being purchased at the rate of Rs 200 per dose (excluding GST). Similarly, 55 million doses of kovaccin developed by Hyderabad based Bharat Biotech are being received. Both these vaccines have been approved for emergency use by DCGI. Bharat Biotech is charging Rs 295 per dose for 38.5 lakh doses. The company will provide 16.5 lakh doses free of cost to the government. In all, the Central Government has so far received 54,72,000 doses of Corona vaccine. All states / UTs will get 100 percent dose by 14 January. Asked why only 1.1 crore doses have been ordered when the country needs more doses, the ministry said that we will complete the supply order in phases.
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According to the ministry, vaccines developed or manufactured in India are much cheaper than vaccines in western countries. “Two doses of Pfizer’s are priced around ₹ 2,800 while Maderna’s two doses can be priced close to Rs. 5,400.” According to the Ministry of Health, four other vaccines are also being developed or manufactured in India which will be available for emergency use in the next total month. The corona vaccination is to begin on January 16 and in the first phase, the health and frontline workers will be vaccinated.
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