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Covid-19: Govt places fresh order for 44 crore vaccines with SII, Bharat Biotech

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Chief ministers of 13 states had approached the government requesting for centralised procurement.Chief ministers of 13 states had approached the federal government requesting for centralised procurement.

The federal government on Tuesday positioned contemporary orders for procuring 44 crore Covid-19 vaccines following the change within the nationwide vaccination coverage introduced by the Prime Minister on Monday, VK Paul, member, well being, Niti Aayog stated.

The contemporary orders and the advance cost launched to vaccine maker Organic E for 30 crore doses would take the full vaccine doses secured by the federal government to 76 crore Covid-19 vaccines, Paul stated.

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These orders are to be equipped between August and December with 25 crore Covishield vaccines from Serum Institute of India (SII) and 19 crore vaccine doses of Covaxin from Bharat Biotech (BB). Advance funds of 30% have been launched to SII and BB. The worth of the Organic E vaccine can be introduced quickly.

The contemporary order is along with the orders for 53.6 crore doses already positioned for June and July, Paul stated. Extra orders, he stated, can be positioned, and whereas the time-frame for vaccine provides has been determined, the precise schedule for vaccine supply is being labored out.

SII has elevated manufacturing in June and would additional ramp it up in July, rising availability by August-September, Paul stated. Chief ministers of 13 states had approached the federal government requesting for centralised procurement.

The modifications within the vaccination programme had been made in response to all these representations, he stated. Now, all residents above 18 years of age can obtain the Covid-19 vaccine doses freed from price at authorities well being services. The federal government has plans to provide the states visibility of 1 month’s provides upfront to allow them to plan vaccine administration.

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