They also said that the country’s COVID-positive caseload may rise further over the next several weeks before we see a downward curve. In addition to this, the letter asked employees to support each other through the pandemic for the coming three months.
Earlier this month, the centre had relaxed the COVID-19 vaccination guidelines. Under the revised rules, the centre took a step back and allowed state governments to decide the priority vaccination recipients. It also allowed all those above 18 years of age, from 45 earlier, to be eligible for vaccination. In addition to these, the centre allowed importing the vaccines and removed price restrictions.
This liberalised third phase of vaccination instructed domestic manufacturers to supply 50 per cent of the vaccines to the centre, the rest could be sold to state governments and the open market.
In a statement issued soon after the government order, Serum Institute of India (SII) said that it will offer doses to state governments for Rs 400 per vial and to private hospitals for Rs 600 per vial. It said that this price is cheaper than foreign vaccines that cost upwards of Rs 750 per dose.
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