Covid 19, the pandemic has been a cause of fear, anxiety and worry for all the countries in the world since two years. Said to have originated from China, this deadly virus has been multiplying enormously and the number of people who have fallen prey to this virus is alarming.
India is also one of the countries affected by this infectious virus and considering its large population, Indians are at risk of getting exposed to the virus hugely. After the first wave in 2020, the vaccine making companies in India and across the world understood the dire need of vaccine to curb the spread of this virus.
Many developed countries like Russia, China, Japan, UK tried their hand in developing vaccines for Covid 19 and succeeded too, but the vaccine makers of India were not behind in the race.
Bharat Biotech and Serum Institute of India, the vaccine making giants, strived tremendously and succeeded in developing vaccines for Covid 19, named Covaxin and Covishield respectively. Both the vaccines proved to be effective against Covid 19 and the Indian Government started a large vaccination drive to vaccinate its citizens against this deadly virus.
The vaccination took place in stages and most of the population started getting vaccinated, when the second wave of Covid 19 plunged in. In spite of all this, the vaccination drive is going on. The Indian Government has issued guidelines that all the population above 18 years of age are allowed to get vaccinated from May 1, 2021.
The CEO of Serum Institute of India (SII), Adar Poonavalla, said that SII has fixed the price of Covishield price at Rs.600 per dose for private hospitals and Rs.400 per jab for State Governments. He also stated that the company will serve 50% of the total production to the Government’s vaccination program and the remaining 50% for the State Governments and Private Hospitals.
The SII also appreciated the Government’s decision to liberalize the vaccination policy and promised that the vaccine will be made available in open market in four to five months’ time.
Healthcare and front line workers will be given the vaccine free of cost in Government of India Centers as earlier.
The vaccines are said to be around Rs.700 – Rs.1000 in private markets in India.
The Central Government has already released Rs.4500 crores as advance for the vaccine makers to increase the production as the infections spike at a record speed.