The Indian’s while getting a shot of Serum Institute’s covidshield might pay the highest amount in the World as the rate inclines to Rs. 600/dose for Private Hospitals in India.
The vaccine which is developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca and contract manufactured by Pune’s Serum Institute in India, will be maximum used for vaccinating Indians from 1st May.
Serum Institute CEO, Adar Poonawalla had said that the Firm was making a profit even after selling the vaccine at Rs. 150/ shot. He also said that “We have given a special price of Rs 200 for the first 100 million doses only to the Government of India and, after that, we will be selling at Rs 1,000 in private markets.”
SII’s latest rates of the vaccines amounts to $8 in Private Hospitals which is the highest among all the vaccines in the global market. Rs. 400 in Government Hospital too is higher than the price at which governments in countries such as the US, UK and in the European Union are sourcing directly from AstraZeneca.
In many foreign countries like Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and South Africa which get vaccines supplied by the SII, the vaccine shots are administered for free as the Government bears the cost.
India which would be paying $8 for the vaccine from May 1, meanwhile as per reports, UK pays $3 per dose, US pays $3, Brazil pays $3.15, Bangladesh pays an average of $4, South Africa and Saudi Arabia pay around $5.25.
The Serum Institute remained unanswered when the Centre agreed to a price of Rs. 400/dose for everyone. While the government has said this will be “monitored” closely, vaccinations only for those above 45 will continue to be free at government facilities.
“50 percent of my revenue has to be given to AstraZeneca as a royalty and that is why the price at Rs 150 was really, really just not making sense.” Poonawalla said in an interview with CNBC TV-18
Poonawalla claimed that Covishield’s price to India is now higher than in other countries is also because their prices were negotiated “a long time ago” for limited quantities when there was uncertainty about its success.
Curfew Pass Necessary For Movement: Details inside
Given confusion among people, the J&K Administration has made curfew passes mandatory for movement. J&K is witnessing a spike in corona cases and is adopting all the measures to curb the cases. The markets are deserted but a little movement of people can be seen on the roads.
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As per the sources, large traffic jams have been seen in various areas of Srinagar. Along with the traffic jams many traffic violations have also been reported from Kashmir. All the working employees, media officials who have to go to their offices have to carry the curfew pass. Although the District Administration, IG, SSP have made it clear that the ID cards of media officials will work as curfew passes but many police officials refuse to accept the ID card.
The administration has deployed large security forces to ensure that people should follow the covid curfew. Many roads have been sealed with barbed wires and barricades. The curfew passes can be obtained from the Deputy Commissioner’s office. The administration should release a clear order that all can get the curfew pass.
Germany sends oxygen plants for UT of Jammu and Kashmir: Details Inside
Manoj Sinha thanked PM Narendra Modi for his help to J&K UT in combating the pandemic.
He said that, “Centre government provided adequate supplies of oxygen, medicines, vaccines and the lifted 9 oxygen plants from Munich,Germany”.
I am deeply grateful to Hon’ble PM @narendramodi for his help to J&K UT in combating the pandemic. Thanks to his intervention, countless lives have been saved with adequate supplies of oxygen, medicines, vaccines and the lifting of 9 oxygen plants from Munich.
— Office of LG J&K (@OfficeOfLGJandK) May 12, 2021
He further added, “the smooth coordination with the union government has been a big relief in this hour of crisis. For helping the Union Territory deal with this calamity effectively, I am also thankful to Hon’ble Home Minister Amit Shah.”
Grenade Attack At Police Nakka In Samba District
A grenade lobbed by an unidentified person on security forces in Nud Police Naka in Samba district.
Police officials said no one was injured and a search operation launched.
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During the night naka was laid by security forces in the Nud area of Samba. a grenade was lobbed by an unidentified person.
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