“As a philanthropic gesture on behalf of Serum Institute of India, I hereby reduce the price to the states from Rs 400 to Rs 300 per dose, effective immediately, SII CEO Adar Poonawalla said on Twitter.
As a philanthropic gesture on behalf of @SerumInstIndia, I hereby reduce the price to the states from Rs.400 to Rs.… https://t.co/kHmxPnv4K7
— Adar Poonawalla (@adarpoonawalla) 1619611993000
“This will save thousands of crores of state funds going forward. This will enable more vaccinations and save countless lives,” he added.
The Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII), the world’s largest vaccine maker in terms of volume, had announced a price of Rs 400 per dose for its Covid-19 vaccine, ‘Covishield’, for state governments and Rs 600 per dose for private hospitals.
The central government on Monday had asked the Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech to lower price of their Covid-19 vaccines amid criticism from various states who accused the companies of profiteering during such a major crisis.
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