Saturday, 04 December 2021

Zydus Cadila has accepted to bring down the per-dose price

Zydus Cadila has accepted to bring down the per-dose price

On Sunday, sources said Zydus Cadila has agreed to bring down the price of its COVID-19 vaccine to ₹265 a dose following ongoing negotiation by the government, but a final decision is yet to be reached,

To administer the ZyCov-D vaccine, a needle-free vaccine, a disposable painless jet applicator costing ₹93 is needed for each dose, which would take the price to ₹358 per dose shot.

A source had said.

The Ahmedabad-based pharma company earlier had suggested a price of ₹1,900 for its three-dose regimen,

A source about developments told PTI.

"The company has cut down the price to ₹358 for each dose including ₹93, the cost of a disposable jet applicator, following repeated talk by the government.... A final decision in the matter is likely to be taken this week,"

The three doses are to be administered 28 days apart, with each amount comprising a shot in both arms.

The indigenously developed world's first DNA-based needle-free COVID-19 vaccine ZyCoV-D received emergency use authorization from the drug regulator on 20 August, making it the first vaccine to be administered to those aged 12 years and above.

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Meanwhile, the government is still waiting for the recommendations from the (NTAGI) National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation for introducing ZyCoV-D in the inoculation drive for adults and children with co-morbidities.

(NTAGI) National Technical Advisory Group will provide the protocol and framework for introducing this vaccine in the COVID-19 immunization drive.

Official sources earlier had said that the pricing of ZyCoV-D would be different than Covishield and Covaxin as apart from being a three-dose vaccine, it requires a special pharma jet injector that has to be used for administering the vaccine.

That pharma jet injector can be used for administering around 20,000 doses. "The jet applicator helps the vaccine fluid to penetrate the skin to enter cells of the recipient," the source said.

The government is currently procuring two other vaccines -- Covishield at ₹205 per dose and Covaxin at ₹215 per dose -- for the national COVID-19 immunization program.

Covishield, Covaxin, and Sputnik V are given to only those above 18 years of age, and unlike ZyCoV-D, these are two-dose regimens.

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