Covaxin vaccine

Bharat Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine, Covaxin, will be available for state governments at Rs 600 per dose and private hospitals at Rs 1,200 per dose, the Hyderabad-based company announced on April 24.

“Following the Government of India directives, we announce the prices of COVAXIN vaccines – Rs 600 per dose for state hospitals and Rs 1,200 per dose for private hospitals,” reads a Bharat Biotech release.

Covaxin was developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech in association with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the National Institute of Virology (NIV).

Earlier, the Serum Institute of India (SII) fixed the prices of Covishield vaccine at Rs 400 per dose for state governments and Rs 600 per dose for private hospitals.

According to the Union health ministry, the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 14,08,02,794 as of April 24.

Besides Covaxin, India approved the EUA for two other vaccines Covishield and Sputnik V for its inoculation program against COVID-19.

Everyone above 18 years of age will be eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19 from May 1, the central government said on April 19, and also liberalised the vaccination drive to allow states, private hospitals and industrial establishments to procure the doses directly from manufacturers.

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