The Indian health ministry has maintained its position for the last 10 years. At least formally, with the Supreme Court, the Parliament and the media. It wants to upgrade the three public vaccine manufacturers to supply vaccines of impeccable quality at a low price. Now that the government companies have risen from the ashes as competent vaccine producers, the health ministry needs to make a choice. Are they still a worthy contender for the now Rs 9,451-crore ($1.44 billion) national vaccination programme?
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Public vs Private: India in a vaccine Catch-22
With a potential budget of $1.44 billion, the health ministry can have any vaccine producer it desires. Does this mean that PSUs lose out?
The vaccine producing PSUs have either become GMP-compliant or will this year; they're worthy contenders for the national vaccination programme
The executives from certain vaccine producing PSUs are nervous because another PSU (despite GMP) isn't getting health ministry orders
While the Indian retail market for vaccines is small, the national programme is a significantly larger buyer for them
Why wouldn’t the ministry want to buy from PSUs? There's more to the story