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Media reports alleging Centre hasn’t placed any fresh order for Covid-19 vaccines incorrect: Health ministry | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The Union health ministry on Monday stated that media reports alleging that the Centre has not placed any fresh order for Covid-19 vaccines are “incorrect” and should not based mostly on information.
“The information reports recommend that the final order placed with the 2 vaccine makers (100 million doses with SII and 20 million doses with Bharat Biotech) was in March 2021. These media reports are utterly incorrect, and should not based mostly on information,” the ministry stated in an announcement.
The ministry additional stated that in opposition to the final order of 10 crore doses for provides of Covishield vaccine, 8.744 crore doses have been delivered until May 3.
“It is clarified that 100 per cent advance of Rs 1732.50 crore (after TDS Rs 1699.50 crore) was launched to Serum Institute of India (SII) on April 28 for 11 crore doses of Covishield vaccine throughout May, June and July, and was acquired by them on April 28,” it stated.
Additionally, 100 per cent advance of Rs 787.50 crore (after TDS Rs 772.50 crore) was launched on April 28 to Bharat Biotech India Ltd (BBIL) for 5 crore Covaxin doses throughout May, June and July, and was acquired by them on April 28.
It additional stated that as on date in opposition to the final order of 2 crore doses for provides of Covaxin vaccine, 0.8813 crore doses have been delivered until May 3.
“Hence to say that fresh orders have not been placed by the government is not correct.”
“As of 2nd May 2021, the government of India has provided more 16.54 crore vaccine doses to States/UTs free of cost. More than 78 lakh doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered. More than 56 Lakh doses, in addition, will be received by the states and UTs in the next three days,” it additional stated.
The ministry stated that below the liberalised pricing and accelerated nationwide Covid-19 vaccination technique, the federal government would proceed to acquire its share of 50 per cent of the month-to-month Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL) cleared vaccines and would proceed to make them out there to the state governments completely free of value as was being achieved earlier.

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