'Incorrect': Health Ministry trashes reports alleging Centre has not placed fresh order for COVID19 vaccines
As of May 2, Govt. of India has provided more than 16.54 crore vaccine doses to States and UTs free of cost
Refuting media reports alleging that the Centre has not placed any fresh order for Covid-19 vaccines, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Monday said that these reports were incorrect and not based on facts.
“There have been some media reports alleging that the Centre has not placed any fresh order for COVID19 vaccines. The news reports suggest that the last order placed with the two vaccine makers (100 million doses with SII and 20 million doses with Bharat Biotech) was in March 2021,” a MoHFW statement said.
“These media reports are completely incorrect, and are not based on facts,” it stated.
The statement informed, “It is clarified that 100% advance of Rs. 1732.50 Crore (after TDS Rs. 1699.50 cr) was released to Serum Institute of India (SII) on 28.04.2021 for 11 crore doses of Covishield vaccine during May, June and July, and was received by them on 28.04.2021.”
As on date, against the last order of 10 crore doses for supplies of Covishield vaccine, 8.744 crore doses have been delivered till 03.05.2021, it noted.
“Additionally, 100% advance of Rs. 787.50 cr (after TDS Rs. 772.50 cr) was released on 28.04.2021 to Bharat Biotech India Ltd (BBIL) for 05 crore Covaxin doses during May, June and July, and was received by them on 28.04.2021,” said the MoHFW statement said.
As on date against the last order of 2 crore doses for supplies of Covaxin vaccine, 0.8813 crore doses have been delivered till 03.05.2021, it added.
“Hence to say that fresh orders have not been placed by Government of India is not correct,” the statement clarified.
It also added that, as of 2nd May 2021, Govt. of India has provided more 16.54 crore vaccine doses to States/UTs Free of Cost.
According to the MoHFW statement, more than 78 lakh doses are still available with the States/UTs to be administered. More than 56 Lakh doses in addition will be received by the States/UTs in the next 3 days.
“Under the Liberalised Pricing & Accelerated National COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy, Govt of India would continue to procure its share of 50% of the monthly Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL) cleared vaccines & would continue to make it available to the State Govts totally free of cost as was being done earlier,” the health ministry added.