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Media reports alleging that the Center has not placed any new orders for incorrect Covid-19 vaccines: Ministry of Health | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Union Health Ministry said on Monday that media reports alleging that the Center has not placed any new orders for Covid-19 vaccines are “incorrect” and not based on facts.
“News reports suggest that the last order placed from the two vaccine manufacturers (100 million doses with IBS and 20 million doses with Bharat Biotech) was in March 2021. These media reports are completely incorrect and not based on facts, “the ministry said in a statement.
The ministry further said that compared to the latest request for 10 crore doses for Covishield vaccine supplies, 8,744 crore doses have been delivered as of May 3.
“It is clarified that on April 28 a 100% advance payment of Rs 1732.50 crore (after TDS Rs 1699.50 crore) for 11 crore doses of Covishield vaccine was given to the Serum Institute of India (SII) during May, June and July, and it was received by them on April 28, “he said.
Furthermore, the 100% advance of Rs 787.50 crore (after TDS Rs 772.50 crore) was delivered on April 28 to Bharat Biotech India Ltd (BBIL) for five crore of Covaxin doses during May, June and July, and was received for them on April 28. .
In addition, he said that to date against the last order of 2 crore of doses for the Covaxin vaccine supplies, 0.8813 crore of doses have been delivered through May 3.
“Therefore, to say that the government has not placed new orders is not correct.”
“As of May 2, 2021, the Government of India has provided more than 16.54 crore doses of vaccine to the states / UT at no cost. There are still more than 78 lakh of doses available in the states and UT that More than 56 lakh doses will be administered, in addition, it will be received by the states and UT in the next three days, “he added.
The ministry said that under the liberalized pricing and accelerated national Covid-19 vaccination strategy, the government would continue to purchase its share of 50 percent of the vaccines approved monthly by the Central Drug Laboratory (CDL) and continue to make them available. of the state. totally free governments as was being done previously.

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