COVID-19 vaccine likely to be free for the poor

Ref: The Hindu
  • People in India who cannot afford COVID-19 vaccines will get it for free and the government is considering a large immunisation programme to make the vaccine widely available, reported The Hindu, citing a "highly placed" official involved in the strategy.

  • The cost of the vaccine would likely retail between $2 to $3 (INR 140 to INR 210), the official said.

  • "Those in the national immunisation programme will get it free. There will be a large government-led programme...essentially all who cannot pay will get it free," the official added.

  • The news comes as Adar Poonawalla, CEO of the Serum Institute of India (SII) tweeted on Saturday, "will the government of India have INR 80,000 crore over the next one year? Because that's what the Health Ministry needs to buy and distribute the vaccine to everyone in India."