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Centre places second purchase order with Serum Institute for 1 crore doses of Covishield

The Centre placed a second purchase order with the Serum Institute of India for the supply of one crore doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine Covishield. Each dose costs Rs 210, including GST.

The government had on January 11 committed to buy from the Serum Institute 4.5 crore doses of the vaccine, in addition to the first order of 1.1 crore doses.

The government had placed an order for 1.1 crore doses of Covishield on January 11 at a cost of Rs 231 crore, which has now risen to Rs 441 crore with the second order placed on Wednesday, a source said.

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