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New Delhi: According to the Serum Institute of Indias CEO Adar Poonawalla, the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine should be available for healthcare workers and the elderly by around February next year and by April for the general public. The vaccine will cost a maximum of ₹ 1,000 for two necessary doses for the public, depending on the final trial results and regulatory approvals.
Adar Poonawalla said at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit (HTLS), 2020 that by 2024, every Indian will probably get the vaccination. He said, "It will probably take two or three years for every Indian to get inoculated, not just because of the supply constraints but because you need the budget, the vaccine, logistics, infrastructure and then, people should be willing to take the vaccine. So these are the factors that lead up to being able to vaccinate 80-90 per cent of the population…” (NDTV – PTI, November 20, 2020)