PANAJI: Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant today said that Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawala has agreed to send 5 lakh doses of Covishield to Goa on priority basis.
“I personally spoke to SII CEO Adar Poonawala and he has agreed to give the state 5 lakh doses of Covishield vaccine,” said CM
He said that 5 lakh doses will be initially purchased from Serum Institute of India, while altogether 15 lakh doses will be procured for a cost of Rs 60 crores.
Centre had decided that everyone above the age of 18 to be eligible to get vaccine against Covid-19 and vaccine manufacturers will be incentivized to further scale up their production, as well as attract new national and international players.
Vaccine manufacturers have been empowered to release up to 50% of their supply to state govts and in the open market at a pre-declared price.
Private vaccination providers shall transparently declare their self-set vaccination price and eligibility through this channel would be opened up to all adults, i.e. everyone above the age of 18 years