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VACCINDE DRIVE

Nearly 55 lakh doses of India’s indigenous vaccine, Covaxin, has been dispatched on Wednesday. The first consignment of Covaxin by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech arrived at Delhi ahead of the vaccination drive which will begin on January 16.

Dr V K Paul, a member(Health), NITI Aayog, said on Tuesday that Covishield of Serum Institute of India, and Covaxin are the two COVID-19 vaccines that have received Emergency Use Authorisation (EAU). He said that these vaccines are the safest vaccines and have been tested on thousands of people and side-effects are negligible.

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The Union Health Ministry has said apart from Covishield and Covaxin, there are four more vaccines in the pipeline. Their manufacturers may soon apply for emergency use authorisation in India.

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said Zydus Cadilla, Sputnik V, Biological E and Gennova are the COVID-19 vaccines that are in the pipeline and are currently in advanced clinical trials in Indian

About half a crore doses of Serum Institute of India (SII’s) Covishield vaccine were shipped out of Pune to cities across India on January 12, as the country launched its final phase of preparations for the mass inoculation drive against the novel coronavirus.

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What one dose of Covid vaccines will cost in India?

Covishield: Rs 200 per dose (for first 100 million doses), Rs 1,000 per dose thereafter at private outlets
Covaxin: Rs 206 per dose
Pfizer-BioNTech: Rs 1,431 per dose
Moderna: Rs 2,348 to Rs 2,715 per dose
Sinopharm: less than Rs 5,650 per dose
Sinovac Biotech: Rs 1,027 per dose
Novavax: Rs 1,114 per dose
Gamaleya Centre: less than Rs 734 per dose
Johnson and Johnson: Rs 734 per dose

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Meanwhile, India reported 15,968 new Covid-19 cases, 17,817 discharges and 202 deaths in last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry data. The total cases now stand at 1,04,95,147, active cases are 2,14,507 and overall recoveries is at 1,01,29,111. The total death toll is 1,51,529.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, a total of 18,34,89,114 samples tested for Covid-19 till 12th January, of which 8,36,227 samples were tested on January 12.