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Center caps on vaccine prices for private hospitals: Covishield for ₹780, Covaxin at ₹1,410

The Centre on Tuesday capped the price of Covid vaccine administered by private hospitals. The price of Covishield has been fixed at ₹780, Covaxin at ₹1,410, and Sputnik V at ₹1,145.

One day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi capped the service charge of vaccines administered by private hospitals at Rs 150, the Centre on Tuesday fixed the maximum price for Covid vaccines to be given by private players.

Under the new circular, the price of Covishield has been fixed at Rs 780, Covaxin at Rs 1,410, and Sputnik V at Rs 1,145.

Midle of the post

The Health and finance secretaries met on Tuesday to discuss vaccine cost under the new guidelines and discussed ways to finance the new centralised vaccine policy.

The Centre is also prepared to provide additional funds over and above the Rs 35,000-crore fund provided in the budget.

Government officials said that in the first estimates of the centralised vaccine drive, 188 crore jabs till December 31 may cost the Centre between Rs 45,000 and Rs 50,000 crore.

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