NEW DELHI: The health ministry has placed a purchase order for one crore doses of Zydus Cadila’s three-dose Covid vaccine ZyCoV-D at Rs 358 per dose, exclusive of GST.
The government aims to to start distribution of the jabs by December once supplies start flowing in. The pricing includes Rs 265 per dose of ZyCoV-D plus Rs 93 for a needle-free applicator or a jet injector, which pressurises liquid medication into a narrow stream that is capable of penetrating the skin.
Zydus had earlier proposed a price of Rs 1,900 for its three-dose regimen. However, the government managed to bring down the price significantly following rigorous negotiations with the firm.
The government has been procuring Serum Institute’s Covishield at Rs 215 per dose, whereas Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin costs Rs 225 per dose. Zy-Cov-D — the world’s first DNA vaccine — will be given on day zero, day 28 and day 56.

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