PM Narendra Modi on Monday said that in the first phase of COVID-19 vaccination drive, around three crore frontline and health workers will be vaccinated and the cost will be borne by the Centre. "State governments will not have to bear the expenses of vaccination of these 3 crore people," said PM while interacting with CMs of all states.
As the COVID-19 vaccination drive in India set to roll out soon, Serum Institute of India (SII) officials confirmed that it has received a purchase order for its vaccine Covishield from the central government.
"We have received the (purchase) order from the Government of India on Monday afternoon," a senior SII official told PTI.
The government has announced that the process of administering the vaccine will start on on January 16.
Each vial of Covishield has been priced at Rs 200. A few million doses of Covishield to be supplied every week. 11 million doses may be supplied in the initial lot and the export of the particular vaccine is likely to start after January 16.
The Rs 200 price has been decided for the first 100 million doses so far.
It may be noted that Kool-Ex Cold Chain Ltd is the lead vendor for the movement of the vaccine from the SII factory to 48 primary government locations (depots) in the first leg.
The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), on January 5, announced approval of two vaccines -- Oxford-AstraZeneca's Covishield manufactured by SII and Bharat Biotech's Covaxin -- against coronavirus infection for restricted emergency use.