CEO and Owner of Serum Institute of India (SII) Adar Poonawalla, on Tuesday, said that SII gave a special price of Rs 200 for the first 100 million doses of Covishield to the government, in order to support common man, vulnerable, poor and healthcare workers.
After the 100 million doses, SII would sell the doses at a very reasonable price to the government. However, the doses would charge Rs 1000 in private markets.
“We’ve given special price of Rs 200 for the first 100 million doses only to government of India on their request, that we want to support common man, vulnerable, poor, healthcare workers. After that we'll be selling it at Rs 1000 in private markets,” Poonawalla said in a statement.
“To government of India, we will still maintain a very reasonable price but it will be a little bit more than Rs 200, which is our cost price. So we decided not to make any profit, we wanted to support the nation and government for the first 100 million doses,” Poonawalla was quoted as saying by ANI.
The statement came on the day when 56.5 lakh doses of Covishield would be transported from Pune Airport to 13 cities across the country including- Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Bengaluru, Lucknow and Chandigarh.
“This is a historical moment that vaccine is being dispatched from our factory. Our main challenge is to bring it to everyone in the country. It is our challenge for 2021, let's see how it happens,” he said.
Poonawalla also said that SII would try to supply vaccine to Africa and South America.
“A lot of countries have been writing to India and Prime Minister Narendra for vaccines to be supplied from SII to their countries. We're trying to keep everyone happy. We've to take care of our population and nation as well,” he said.
“We're trying to supply vaccine to Africa, South America. So we're doing a little bit everywhere. So we'll try to keep everyone happy.”
“We make 70-80 million doses every month. Planning is underway to see how many will be given to India and foreign countries. Health Ministry has made logistics plans. We also have partnership with private players for trucks, vans and cold storage,” he further added.