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Oxford COVID-19 vaccine should be available by April 2021 for the general public

November 20, 2020 09:00 AM

New Delhi, November 19

Vaccine maker Serum Institute of India's CEO Adar Poonawalla on Thursday said the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine should be available for healthcare workers and elderly people by around February 2021 and by April for the general public, and will be priced at a maximum of Rs 1, 000 for two necessary doses for the public, depending on the final trial results and regulatory approvals.

"It will be 2024 for everybody, if willing to take a two-dose vaccine, to be vaccinated, " Mr Poonawalla said.

Asked at what price the public will get it, he said it will be around USD 5-6 per dose with an MRP of around Rs 1, 000 for the two necessary doses.

"The government of India will be getting it at a far cheaper price at around USD 3-4, because it will be buying in a large volume and get access to the price that is similar to what COVAX has got. We are still pricing it far cheaper and more affordable than other vaccines we have in the market today, " Mr Poonawalla said.
- HT

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