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SII, Bharat Biotech cut Covid vaccine prices for private hospitals to Rs 225

Vaccine major Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat Biotech on Saturday said they have cut prices of precautionary doses of their respective COVID-19 vaccines by Rs 225 per shot for private hospitals after discussions with the government. have decided to do.

Adar Poonawalla, CEO, SII, said in a tweet, “We are happy to announce that after discussions with the Central Government, SII has decided to increase the cost of COVISHIELD Vaccine from Rs 600 to Rs 225 per dose for private hospitals. has decided.”

On Friday, the company had said that the precautionary dose of its KoviShield vaccine against COVID-19 would be priced at Rs 600 per shot for eligible individuals.

In a tweet, Bharat Biotech Co-Founder Joint Managing Director Suchitra Ella said: “We welcome the decision to make the precautionary dosage available for all adults. In consultation with the Central Government, we have revised the #COVAXIN price from Rs 1,200 to Rs. Rs.225 per dose, for #private hospitals.”

SII and Bharat Biotech have so far been the major suppliers of COVID-19 vaccines to the government.

The Union Health Ministry on Friday announced that people above 18 years of age who have completed nine months of taking the second dose will be eligible for the precautionary dose.

According to the health ministry, about 96 per cent of people above the age of 15 years in India have received at least one dose of the vaccine so far, while about 83 per cent have received both.

More than 2.4 crore precautionary doses have also been given to health workers, frontline workers and people above 60 years of age. In addition, 45 per cent of the beneficiaries in the age group of 12-14 years have received the first dose, the ministry said.

The ministry said the free COVID-19 vaccination program through government immunization centers for the first and second doses to the eligible population as well as precautionary doses for healthcare workers, frontline workers and those above 60 years of age. will be accelerated.

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