India is running world's biggest COVID-19 vaccination drive, which started in January. It is providing COVID vaccines for free in all Government of India-run vaccination centres to all the eligible population.
Though, the Indian government is vaccinating its people for free in central government run units, the private hospitals and state governments are charging for the vaccine. In the third phase of vaccination drive, the vaccine makers can sell the produce in open market.
SII and Bharat Biotech announced their vaccine prices for the states and private hospitals at a much higher price than the price for which they are selling to the Indian government. SII will provide vaccine at Rs 400 to states and Rs 600 to private hospitals whereas Bharat Biotech will sell vaccines at Rs 600 to states and Rs 1200 to private hospitals.
In the third phase of vaccine run, all people above the age of 18 will be able to get vaccinated starting from May 1.
A lot of state government have announced to inoculate their citizens for free, including Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Goa, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.