India sets aside $7 billion to vaccinate its population: Sources
NEW DELHI: The Centre has set aside nearly $7 billion (approx Rs 51,000 crore) to vaccinate India's 1.3-billion people against Covid-19, reported Bloomberg quoting people with knowledge of the matter.
The Modi go nment estimates an all-in cost of about $6-$7 (roughly Rs 450-550) per person in the nation of 1.3 billion, the people said, asking not to be identified as the details are private.
The go nment is said to have estimated two injections per person at $2 (Rs 150) a shot.
Another $2-$3 is said to be set aside per individual as infrastructure costs such as storage and transport, as per recommendations of a working group.
In his recent address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that the go nment is trying to ensure that the Covid-19 vaccine reaches every Indian.
The go nment recently began a massive exercise to map out cold chain storage facilities to ensure the vaccine is delivered quickly across the nation.
A national expert group is talking to public and private sector entities in the pharmaceutical sector, food processing industry and agro businesses as well as food delivery start-ups such as Swiggy and Zomato to identify cold storages or fridges at the taluka level that can stock and distribute the vaccine, sources had revealed.
Meanwhile, India has also started identifying around 30 crore priority beneficiaries, including high-risk population and first responders — from healthcare workers to police, sanitation workers as well as the elderly and people with co-morbidities — who will likely receive an estimated 60 crore vaccine doses.
The shots, which include the booster dose, are planned for the initial phase once a vaccine is approved for use.
Currently, there are three vaccine candidates undergoing human trials in India. Of these, the Oxford-AstraZeneca candidate is in the most advanced stage in Phase 3 and Pune-based Serum Institute is conducting trials in India.
The go nment recently said its Phase 3 data will be available around November-end or early December.
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Good to see advanced planning and large-heartedness from Indian go nment. Jai ho Modi ji ki!
Tsr The Urbanist
That's Nation first and People First policy of NaMo. Jai Hind
Please do not offer free for every body. If any one can pay let them pay. small drops make ocean. Rs.150 every body can pay, it is equivalent one movie ticket.
If it was scamgress at the centre they would have set aside 20 billion dollars, goggled up 13 billion and would have brought a 3rd grade vaccine from their cheneese paymasters for 4 dollars a shot.
since Modi ji is there we will get free and quality vaccine
Anthony I Dsouza
FM promised free vaccination if BJP wins in Bihar, so wait till election are announced in ur state, and get free vaccination from BJP. Wondering what happened to 15 lakhs promised in each account????
Today BJP has released manifesto for Bihar elections. It promises free Corona vaccine to all Biharis. What a joke! Is life of a Bengali or Jharkhandi or Oriya less precious and need not be vaccinated free of charge? Should these states also ask for Assembly elections next month so that their people also get the benefit of free dose of vaccine?
It shows again that Feku, aka Surrender Modi, has failed in each and every aspect.. Feku will never tell you that one volunteer in Oxford AstraZeneca trial dies in Brazil.
Thakur K P Singh
A right step at proper time . This is the Govt which cares for people . tested and tried Govt. It stands on all occasions - normal or critical .
For our PM people welfare is first and rest least.
Ram Awatar Saraf
Thanks god, Modi-led go nment is there and the entire allocation will be spent for public health and wellness. We want Modiji to remain as PM till his survival.
Clear jumla, none of the vaccine is successful till date who fixed the price then, and this is going to be a big scam, how can we know that it's a vaccine it may be just glucose they give you
Systematic rise in prices of onions, tomatoes & potatoes.The hoarders are making a killing.
Tired of Daily one new fake
Biggest scam of 2020
To know when you'll get the Vaccine just check the date of elections in your state.
Nobody can blame the PM for covid , rich countries are reeling under this pandemic and comparatively India has fared much better.
It should be free to poor, but rest should pay to get vaccinate his family.
let the affordable class pay for it