Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 12
India’s vaccine movement is in full swing with the Centre on Tuesday receiving 31 per cent of the entire stock of COVID 19 vaccine doses ordered so far for the drive starting January 16.
The Centre will need 300 lakh doses in all to vaccinate the three crore priority populations including one crore health workers and two crore frontline workers.
The Health Ministry said on Tuesday it has placed an order of 110 lakh Covishield doses with Serum Institute and 55 lakh COVAXIN doses with Bharat Biotech.
The total purchase order so far is 175 lakh doses with the Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan today saying that of the total order, 54, 72,000 lakh doses had been received already as of today.
The ministry said it would stagger its purchases orders with prime minister Narendra Modi yesterday noting that four vaccines are under development and by the time the first phase of vaccination of three crore people is over, four more vaccines may come.
The government also said Covishield dose will cost the Centre Rs 200 a dose as against Bharat Biotech’s vaccine costing Rs 206 a dose.
The Indian vaccines are costing the lowest in the world with the Pfizer vaccine costing Rs 1,431 a dose, Moderna costing Rs 2,348 to 2,715 per dose; Chinese vaccine Sinopharma costing Rs 5650; Sinivac Biotech (China) costing Rs 1,027 a dose; Novavax Rs 1,114 a dose; Sputnik V Rs 734 a dose.