The government may waive Goods and Services Tax (GST) on Covid-19 vaccines to reduce their cost—up to ₹1,200 a dose in private hospitals starting May 1 depending on the vaccine—in an attempt to ease the burden on people and encourage vaccination, people familiar with the matter said.The government has already waived import duty on most essential pharmaceutical raw materials required to manufacture drugs for the treatment of coronavirus disease,and is considering scrapping the 5% GST on Covid-19 vaccines on similar grounds, the people added on condition of anonymity.“The waiver will require approval of the GST Council. But, it is unlikely that any member will oppose the move that will provide relief to people in all states. Besides, it will not have significant revenue implication,” said one person.