Serum Institute receives purchase order from the Centre; Covishield to be airlifted to states

The country is finally ready for the COVID vaccine rollout which will begin on January 16th. Prime Minister Modi today held a meeting with the state CMs ahead of the rollout. The Serum Institute has now confirmed that they have received their first batch of orders from the Centre. This is for the very first doses of the Covishield vaccine, which is being manufactured by the Serum Institute. The vaccine was supposed to be airlifted but was kept on hold for a long time because of the pricing. The Centre was pressing on keeping the price below the $3 mark and now the things have been clarified from both ends. SII has already been betting on this particular vaccine even before the trials were completed.