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Centre places purchase order for five crore doses of Corbevax COVID vaccine each costing Rs 145 sans tax

The government is yet to decide on which segment of beneficiaries this new vaccine would be administered

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The Centre has placed a purchase order with Biological E for five crore doses of COVID vaccine Corbevax each costing Rs 145 excluding taxes, official sources said recently.

The government is yet to decide on which segment of beneficiaries this new vaccine would be administered.

However, according to sources, discussions are underway in technical groups and in the health ministry’s immunisation division about expanding the scope of the precaution doses which are currently being given to healthcare and frontline workers, and comorbid senior citizens.

The HLL Lifecare, a public sector undertaking, has issued the supply order of Corbevax to Biological E in January-end on behalf of the union health ministry.

According to the order, the Hyderabad-based