Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine Has Reached India; To Be Available In Market By Next
Posted by Mumbai Live on May 14th, 2021
The Union government on Thursday, May 13, said that the Sputnik vaccine has arrived in India, and "hopefully" it will be available in the market from next week.
The first batch has arrived and more will be arriving from Russia. Sputnik V is the third vaccine India has given go-ahead to after Covishield and Covaxin.
Moreover, Sputnik V will also be produced in India from July onwards. India is looking to produce 15.6 crore doses of the Russian vaccine. Dr Reddy's Laboratories is the Indian partner of the Russian vaccine.
Addressing a briefing on the vaccination situation in the country, Dr VK Paul said that the Central government has already procured 350 million vaccine doses for the ongoing vaccination drive and more than 2 billion vaccine doses will be manufactured between August and December. Dr VK Paul said, “We will have 2 billion doses [of Sputnik V] in the next five months - made by India and used by India.”
He also said that any COVID-19 vaccine that is approved by FDA and WHO can come to India.
The Department of Biotechnology, along with other concerned departments and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has been in touch with Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson from the initial days of vaccine production, Paul added.
This comes as several states in India are reporting an acute shortage of coronavirus vaccines, even as the coronavirus cases surge across the country.
With an efficacy of 91.6 per cent, Sputnik V was the first vaccine against coronavirus in the world. Clinical trial data published in The Lancet indicated that the Covid-19 vaccine "appears safe and effective".
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