New Delhi (NVI): The Serum Institute of India (SII) today fixed the price of corona vaccine Covishield at Rs 400 per dose for state governments and Rs 600 per dose for private hospitals. Price for Centre stays at Rs 150.
SII’s announcement comes ahead of the new round of vaccinations starting from May 1 that will include all above the age of 18.
In a media statement released today, SII said that it welcomes the recent announcement made by the Health Ministry and Finance Ministry to accelerate India’s vaccination drive.
“The promising directives will help to scale-up vaccine production, and allow state governments, private hospitals, and vaccination centres to procure vaccines directly,” read the official statement released by SII.
“For the next two months, we will address the limited capacity by scaling up the vaccine production. Going ahead, 50% of our capacities will be served to the Government of India’s vaccination program, and the remaining 50% of the capacity will be for the State governments and private hospitals,” read the statement.
As part of the government’s new policy, 50 per cent of vaccine doses will be reserved for the centre and the rest will be divided between states and private hospitals.
The Institute further said that its vaccines are affordable in comparison to any other vaccine in the world. Giving details, SII said that American vaccines are available at Rs 1500, Russian and Chinese vaccines at Rs 750 each.