Digital Desk:

With the government’s decision to allow booster doses for certain categories of beneficiaries starting January 10, the private healthcare sector sees a bright opportunity for consumption of unused Covid-19 vaccine doses expiring in two months.
After the government’s announcement of free shots in government vaccination centres earlier this year, the private sector suffered major losses after pre-purchase deals with vaccine manufacturers and also had to return thousands of doses to the states from which these were procured.
According to private hospitals, most of them are stockpiling Serum Institute of India’s Covishield, which they purchased in bulk. “With the decision, now millions of doses of Covid-19 vaccines, especially Covishield, available with the private sector, would be effectively utilised for this purpose. After the government announced free vaccination at its Centres early this year, demand on private sector had severely come down,” said Dr Girdhar Gyani, Director General, Association of Healthcare Providers (India) (AHPI), that represents the majority of healthcare providers in India.

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