February 28, 2021

ABP News misrepresents that ‘free’ cowpea vaccine in India costs Rs 3-5k in US and UK

On January 2, APP News announced that it would provide the Covit-19 vaccine free of charge to 3 crore people in the first phase, while the US and UK spent Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 3,000 respectively. ABP News took over after Alt News Hindi released a fact-finding report, but can see the archived link Here A screen shot is included below.

It didn’t take long for this claim to go viral on social media. Cabinet Minister Nand Gopal Gupta also shared this. (Archive link)

Twitter user P Pushpendra_ At the time of writing, a tweet that received more than 1,800 retweets has been pushed out. (Archive link) Many have shared this request Facebook And Twitter.

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The US and British governments have decided that the vaccine will be provided free of charge to their citizens. The claim of APP News is false.


On January 2, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan announced that 1 crore health workers and 2 crore leading workers would receive the vaccine free of cost in the first phase. He said the government was still finalizing details on how to vaccinate the remaining 27 crore people on the priority list by July.

Apart from this, including several states Bihar, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Assam promised to provide the vaccine For free.

Vaccine prices in India

India has approved Two COVID-19 vaccines – Covshield of Serum Institute and Kovacsin of Bharat Biotech. The Oxford-Astrogeneca vaccine is manufactured locally by the company and released in India as ‘Covshield’. In an interview with NDTVAdar Poonawala, CEO of the Serum Institute, said, “The initial 10 million dose of Oxford Vaccine GoviShield cost the Government of India Rs. 200 per dose. According to the report, the price of the Bharat Biotech vaccine has not been released yet. Poonawala said the price of Govshield would be in the private sector Rs. 1000 per dose, I.e. a common citizen pays Rs. 2,000 for two sizes.

United States

As stated in it American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The US government is using taxpayers’ money to buy and vaccinate for free. However, vaccine providers may charge administrative fees for providing displays. They can charge these fees from the patient’s public or private insurance company. However, for uninsured patients, this fee will be deducted from the Health Resources and Services Administration Relief Fund.

Vaccine prices in the United States (US government vaccine purchase prices)

Reuters The US government has announced a purchase of 100 million doses of Pfizer / Bioentech vaccine for $ 39 (approximately Rs. 2,860) per dose. According to The Guardian, Which buys the Oxford-Astrogeneca vaccine for $ 4 a dose. A BBC story The price of the COVID-19 vaccine per dose is listed. Information about the vaccine included in the chart is credited to the vaccine companies. The modern vaccine costs about Rs 2,400 in the US, the Pfizer / BioNtech vaccine costs around Rs 1,500, and the Oxford-Astrogeneka one costs Rs. 300 (The amounts in the chart are given in US dollars, which we converted to INR.)

Contrary to what APP News claims, none of these vaccines cost Rs. 5,000. Even when the price of a single dose doubles, the final cost is Rs. 5,000. Because the U.S. government buys the vaccine, U.S. citizens do not have to pay separately to receive the footage.


Government of England website It states that the COVID-19 shot will only be distributed through the National Health Service (NHS) and that this will be a free vaccine drive.

As stated in it The BBC’s January 11 story, So far 1.5 million people have been vaccinated with the Pfizer / Bioentech vaccine. It further states that there is no charge for the vaccine as it will be provided free of charge by the NHS.

How much does the UK government pay for the vaccine?

We found the report on the preparation of the COVID-19 vaccine on the website National Audit Office of the United Kingdom (NAO). Government of England Rs. 11.5 billion (7 11.7 billion) to buy or manufacture the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to the vaccine chart of BBC article, The price of the modern vaccine is about Rs. 2,500 in the UK. The Pfizer / Bioentech shot costs around Rs. 1,500 and the Oxford-Astrogeneca vaccine costs about Rs. 300. The price of a single dose of any of these vaccines is Rs. 3000 score. Since the vaccine has to be given in two doses, its total cost is Rs. 3000 score. But, as mentioned earlier, the UK government is going to distribute this vaccine for free.

Further, A report in The Guardian Quoted Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK, said information about vaccine fees made by the British government would not be made public. Therefore, it is not possible to confirm what the UK government paid for this vaccine.

The Oxford-Astrogeneca vaccine is common only to India, the United States and the United Kingdom. It is priced at Rs. The first 100 million doses cost Rs 200 in India and Rs 200 in the US and UK. 300.

Livemind Report It also mentions countries that have pledged to provide free COVID-19 vaccine, including Japan, the United States, France and Norway.

On January 5, The Quint was released A fact test report, Examines the truth behind this claim.

So the US and the UK have to pay Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 3,000 for the Govit-19 vaccine, respectively. In fact, both countries have made it clear that it will be provided free of charge to their citizens.

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