• Covishield vaccine cost: Rs 200 for government, Rs 1000 for private market

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    New Delhi: With two covid vaccines approved for emergency use by the government, the cost of the vaccines per doses has been also released. Oxford Covid-19 vaccine Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, will be sold to the Indian government at Rs 200 per dose. SII head Adar Poonawalla has said.

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    For private buyers, Covishield will be sold to at a higher price of Rs 1,000 per dose, Adar Poonawalla told “The Associated Press”.

    Adar Poonawalla of the Serum Institute told AP that the first 100 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine are being sold to the Indian government at a “special price” of Rs 200 per dose, after which prices would be higher.

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    The vaccine will be sold in the private market at Rs 1,000 per dose.

    Adar Poonawalla said vaccines could be delivered to Indian states where they were needed within seven to 10 days of the company finalising a deal with the Indian government.

    The Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine was granted emergency authorisation by the Indian regulator on Sunday, but on the condition that Serum Institute doesn’t export the shots to ensure that vulnerable populations in India are protected, SII CEO Adar Poonawalla told AP.

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    He said that the company also has been barred from selling the vaccine on the private market. “We can only give (the vaccines) to the government of India at the moment,” Adar Poonawalla said.

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