India is getting the two cheapest vaccines in the world. The bulk purchase made by the government is falling at Rs 200 per dose of Kovishield of Serum Institute and Rs 206 for Kovaxin of Bharat Biotech. The cheapest vaccine after these two is Sputnik-Five of Russia and Johnson & Johnson of America, priced at Rs 734 per dose.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan dismissed speculation about Bharat Biotech's purchase of covaxin at a higher price than the serum institute's Kovishield. According to him, the Serum Institute has ordered a one crore 10 lakh dose vaccine at the rate of Rs 200.
At the same time, India Biotech has been ordered 38.5 lakh doses at the rate of Rs 295, but Bharat Biotech Government is going to give 16.5 lakh doses free. In this way, India Biotech will give a total of 55 lakh doses to the government.
In this way, the government will pay an average price of one dose of vaccine at Rs. 206 only. He did not specify what the cost of these vaccines would be for future government purchases. Rajesh Bhushan made it clear that given the shortage of the vaccine, people will not be allowed to choose either of the two vaccines.With more options and an increased supply of vaccine in the coming months, people will be allowed to choose one of these.