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Covid-19: Each dose of vaccine administered to the states costs 447 rupees | India News

BENGALURU: The Center has so far spent 961 million rupees to supply 2.2 million rupees doses of the two indigenously developed Covid vaccines supplied to states and UT, putting the cost of each injection at 446 , 70 rupees. In addition, the states and UT have collectively received Rs 123 million to cover the operational costs of administering the vaccines.
A further Rs 357 million earmarked for this purpose will be disbursed in stages. According to data made public by the Union Ministry of Health, the Center, including operating costs, will incur almost Rs 1,500 crore to vaccinate three crore of frontline and healthcare workers, giving an indication of the magnitude of funds needed in the next phase of vaccination. which expects to cover 27 million more people across the country.
The cost per dose, in particular, is not uniform across states. For example, Delhi has received 7.1 lakh doses at a cost of Rs 41.3 crore, but the 17.2 lakh doses from Karnataka cost the Center only Rs 59.7 crore.
State details of the number of vaccine doses supplied and the cost incurred were shared on different dates by the health ministry in Lok Sabha and no explanation of the difference in cost was given. Of the 2.1 crore vaccine doses supplied to states, nearly 1.9 crore are Oxford / AstraZeneca’s Covishield and the remaining 25.7 lakh doses are Covaxin. UP has received the maximum number of doses.
Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, which have a high percentage of Indian health workers, and Rajasthan are among other states that receive large quantities of vaccines.
Naturally, these five states are also the ones that have received the most funding from the Center to cover their ‘operating costs’.

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