India to open up COVID-19 vaccines to over-18s from May 1

Vaccine manufacturers will need to supply 50% of doses to the federal government

  
Sanitation worker Manish Kumar, who according to the officials is the first person in the country vaccinated against the COVID-19, looks at his dose of Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN, before getting vaccinated, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination campaign at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital in New Delhi, India, January 16, 2021.

Sanitation worker Manish Kumar, who according to the officials is the first person in the country vaccinated against the COVID-19, looks at his dose of Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN, before getting vaccinated, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination campaign at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital in New Delhi, India, January 16, 2021.

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NEW DELHI- India will let all citizens aged over 18 get COVID-19 vaccinations from May 1, the government said on Monday as cases there surge to record highs.

Vaccine manufacturers will need to supply 50% of doses to the federal government and the rest to state governments and the open market at a pre-declared price, the government said.

(Reporting by Aftab Ahmed and Krishna Das; Editing by Andrew Heavens) ((aditi.shah@tr.com; +91-11-4954 8023, +91-11-3015 8023; Reuters Messaging: twitter: @aditishahsays))

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