India will need 60 million doses of vaccine to save 300 million people from corona. At a cost of Rs 200 per dose, it will cost Rs 12,000 crore.
In the country, drug controllers have approved the urgent use of Oxford’s Covishield and Bharatbiotech’s Covacin vaccines. However, many questions, including price, are still unanswered. Adar Punawalla, CEO of Siram Institute of India, told NDTV that the initials Oxford Vaccine Cavalierzild The Government of India will give 100 million doses for every 200 rupees. The price of India Biotech vaccine has not been mentioned yet, if any Serum Institute (Serum Institute of India) is giving a vaccine at Rs 200, then India Biotech will also keep the price around. At present, we assume that India will get the vaccine at Rs 200 per dose.
Two doses of two vaccines
The vaccine Kovishield, produced by Oxford University and the British company AstraZeneca, and the India Biotech vaccine Kovasin are two-dose vaccines. That is, each person will be given two doses at a given time.
Accordingly, to save 300 million people in India from corona, 60 million doses of vaccine will be needed.
12 thousand crore has been spent
If you consider only 200 rupees per dose, 60 thousand doses will be 12 thousand crore doses. Apart from this, the cost of syringe, transport, swab and vaccination center will also be different.
Who will bear the cost of the vaccine?
At present, according to the preparations, a total of 300 million people will have to be vaccinated. Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has said that 10 million health workers and 20 million frontline workers will be vaccinated free of cost. That means 30 million people will get the vaccine for free. It is not yet clear whether the Rs 3 crore will be borne by the central government alone or by the state governments.
Who will bear the expenses of the remaining 27 crore people?
For now, let’s assume that the central government will bear the cost of 300 million people. However, no decision has been taken yet on the cost of the remaining Tk 227 crore vaccine. Will the central or state government bear their expenses or will there be any sensation in the central-state or will the people have to pay something from their pockets? I can’t say now
States own declarations
Several states have already announced the introduction of free vaccines. Free vaccines have also been announced in states like Delhi and Bihar. Many states like Rajasthan and Punjab are claiming that the cost of the vaccine should be borne by the central government itself as the revenue of the states is already thin.