Delhi government to provide free COVID vaccines to everyone above 18 years: Arvind Kejriwal

He also appealed to vaccine manufacturers to bring down the price to Rs 150 per dose and also appeal to the Central Govt. to cap the price of vaccines if needed

As India has opened its vaccination drive for everybody above the age of 18 years of age. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that vaccination would be provided at free of cost.

Kejriwal said "Delhi government has decided to provide free vaccines to everyone above 18 years of age." He also added “Today we have given the approval for the purchase of 1.34 crore vaccines. We will make an effort to ensure that it is purchased soon and administered at the earliest to people."

Kejriwal also said he hopes that the price remains constant for both the state and central governments: "One vaccine producer said that they will provide vaccines to the state governments at Rs400 per dose and the second producer said that they will provide at Rs600 per dose. Both of them will keep the price at Rs150 per dose for the Central government. I hope that the prices remain the same for all."

He also appealed to vaccine manufacturers to bring down the price to Rs 150 per dose and also appeal to the Central Govt. to cap the price of vaccines if needed.

Bharat Biotech has fixed the price of its Covid-19 vaccine, Covaxin, at Rs600 per dose for state governments and at Rs1,200 per dose for private hospitals.

On the other hand, Serum Institute of India (SII)'s Covishield will be available at a price of Rs400 per dose to state governments and Rs600 per dose to private hospitals.

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