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Government orders 1.10 crore doses from serum

The Central Government on Monday ordered the Serum Institute of India (SII) to purchase 1.10 crore doses of Corona vaccine ‘Kovishield’. The government will have to pay Rs 210 for a single dose of the vaccine. Official sources gave this information.

Sources said that the work of sending the vaccine to various states of the country will start soon. SII will give the vaccine to the government at Rs 200 per dose and will cost Rs 210 with a GST of Rs 10. A source said that the Health Ministry may soon sign an agreement for the purchase of indigenous ‘covaccine’. This vaccine has been developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech.

Sources said that the Kovishield vaccine would first be sent to 60 centers. They will be transported from these centers to various immunization centers in the country. To supply 2,54,500 doses of Kovishield in Delhi, the storage center has been set up at Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital in Tahirpur to keep it.

The company HLL Lifecare Limited has issued a supply order on behalf of the Union Ministry of Health in the name of Prakash Kumar Singh, Additional Director, Government, and Regulatory Affairs, Serum Institute of India. The Ministry of Health will purchase the Corona vaccine only through HLL Lifecare Limited.

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