Coronavirus Vaccine: States Can Buy Covid Vaccines Directly From Manufacturers: Centre
States can buy coronavirus 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 major changes to the national vaccination policy.
The biggest change is that all those above the age of 18 will be eligible to get the shot from May 1.
Specifically, vaccine manufacturers must supply half their output to the centre, which will release the doses to state governments via the Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL).
The rest can be sold to the states directly - or be made available in the open market - at a pre-agreed price that will be decided after talks with all concerned stakeholders.
Based on this price, and doses available after the centre has been supplied, states, private hospitals and industrial establishments can buy Covid vaccines doses straight from the manufacturers,