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Serum Set For Deal With Centre Soon; To Supply Vaccine At 250 Rupees A Dose: Report

The biggest vaccine maker of the world,Serum Institute Of India  (SII), which has applied to the regulator for an emergency use authorisation (EUA) for the Covishield vaccine, is close to signing a supply contract with the Union government. The price is likely to be fixed at Rs 250 per dose of the vaccine, people in the know said. “Talks  for signing a supply contract are now in the final stages of discussion and could be done soon,” said a person close to the development. Another person in the government too confirmed that negotiations were in the final stages. While there’s lack of clarity on the number of doses that would be procured from the Pune-based company, sources indicated around 60 million could be available soon. By January-February, it’s expected to have at least 100 million doses for the Indian government, if it chooses to procure. Adar Poonawalla, CEO of Serum Institute, said in a Twitter message on Monday, “As promised, before the end of 2020, @SerumInstIndia has applied for emergency use authorisation for the first made-in-India vaccine, Covishield. This will save countless lives, and I thank the Government of India and Sri @narendramodi ji for their invaluable support.” there’s lack of clarity on the number of doses that would be procured from the Pune-based company, sources indicated around 60 million could be available soon. By January-February, it’s expected to have at least 100 million doses for the Indian government, if it chooses to procure. Adar Poonawalla, CEO of Serum Institute, said in a Twitter message on Monday, “As promised, before the end of 2020, @SerumInstIndia has applied for emergency use authorisation for the first made-in-India vaccine, Covishield. This will save countless lives, and I thank the Government of India and Sri @narendramodi ji for their invaluable support.”  There is still time before SII can start supplying to the low and medium income countries through Gavi (the vaccine alliance via public-private global health partnership), said an official. 

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