States can buy Covid vaccines directly from manufacturers – who can release up to 50 per cent of their supply for this purpose – at a pre-declared price, the centre said Monday evening as it announced a series of massive changes to the country’s vaccination policy.
The biggest of these changes is that all those above the age of 18 will be eligible to get the shot from May 1.
Specifically, vaccine manufacturers will supply 50 per cent of their monthly Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL) released doses to the central government, and will be free to supply the remaining 50 per cent doses to state and in the open market at a “pre-declared price”.
Manufacturers will declaration prices in advance for the vaccines supplied to state governments and in open market.
Based on this price, state governments, private hospitals, industrial establishments can buy vaccine doses from the manufacturers.
Vaccinations at central government centres, provided free of cost, will continue for previous categories – health workers, frontline workers and those above 45.