Vaccine manufacturers are empowered to release up to 50 percent of their supply to state governments and in the open market at a pre-declared price, the Centre said.
The vaccination drive will be opened up for all citizens above the age of 18 from May 1, the Government of India announced on April 19. The immunisation drive was currently restricted to only citizens aged above 45.
“Everyone above the age of 18 to be eligible to get vaccine against COVID-19,” said a statement issued by the government. “Vaccine manufacturers incentivised to further scale up their production, as well as attract new national and international players,” it added.
“Vaccine manufacturers empowered to release up to 50 percent of their supply to state governments and in the open market at a pre-declared price,” the Centre further stated.
Manufacturers would transparently make an advance declaration of the price for 50 percent supply that would be available to state governments and in open market, before May 1, 2021
“Based on this price, state governments, private hospitals, industrial establishments etc would be able to procure vaccine doses from the manufacturers,” the Centre
“Private hospitals would have to procure their supplies of COVID-19 vaccine exclusively from the 50 percent supply earmarked for other than Government of India channel,” it further added.