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Maharashtra will get the Covishield supply after 20th of May

by Web Desk | Published: 27-04-2021

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Mumbai: Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope has said that the state will get the covishield vaccine only after May 20.  Tope said the one-week quota was distributed at a time to vaccinate as many people as possible. The Serum Institute of India (SII) has informed the state government that the covishield vaccine can be distributed only after May 20. 

 

In the third phase, the Center has relaxed the Covid-19 vaccination strategy.  From May 1, more than 18 populations will be vaccinated.  Pune-based SIII, the world's largest vaccine maker, has announced Rs 400 per dose and Rs 600 per dose for the Covishield vaccine for state governments.  For private hospitals. Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech has fixed its vaccine Covacsin at Rs 600 per dose for state governments and Rs 1,200 per dose for private hospitals. 

 

Both vaccines are available to the Central Government at a cost of Rs. 150 per dose. The Center on Monday demanded a reduction in the price of Covid-19 vaccines amid criticism from various states that companies are making a profit during such a crisis.  We expect the Center to intervene in the matter of vaccine pricing. We expect prices to fall further.

 

“Maharashtra alone needs 12 crore bottles of vaccine to vaccinate 5.71 crore people between the ages of 18 and 44. The state government had written to SIII and Bharat Biotech two days ago asking about the schedule of distribution of such a large number of vaccines and was awaiting their reply, he said.  

According to Tope, the state will have to spend Rs 7,500 crore to vaccinate 5.71 crore people as per the vaccine price announced by these companies.  In such a situation, he said, the state would have to bear the cost of injecting the economically weaker sections. The state health department has prepared a note with various options on immunization, cost and how it can be released.  The minister said the state cabinet would come up with the policy after the talks.  The state government is expected to convene a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.