Vaccine Prices capped for Private Hospitals

Union Health Ministry has capped the price for administration of Covid-19 vaccines in private hospitals.

Key Points

  • Maximum price for Covaxin was fixed at Rs 1,400.
  • Covishield will cost Rs 780 per dose, while
  • Sputnik V vaccine will cost Rs 1,145 per dose.
  • Strict action will be taken against private vaccination centres for overcharging.
  • Apart from that, government will provide free vaccines to states to inoculate all person above age 18 from June 21.

Vaccination Procurement

Centre government announced about purchase of 25 crores doses of Covishield and 19 crore doses of Covaxin. These 44 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccines will be delivered between August and December 2021. 30 per cent advance to Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech has been released to procure these doses. Further, Government also placed an order to purchase 30 crore doses of Biological E’s vaccine called Corbevax. It will be available by September.

Corbevax Vaccine

This vaccine, being developed by Biological-E, is a recombinant protein subunit vaccine. It is made up of a specific part of novel coronavirus called spike protein. Corbevax is similar to hepatitis vaccine. Thus, both the doses of Corbevax are tried & tested, unlike mRNA vaccines created by Pfizer and Moderna which were rolled out against any pathogen. Corbevax will insert this spike protein from virus into human body to achieve an immune response. Presence of spike protein in human body will not be harmful because rest of the virus is absent.




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