Second Batch of 1.5 Lakh Sputnik V COVID-19 Vaccines To Reach India Soon


New Delhi: Russia is sending another 150,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccines in the next two days. Meanwhile, another three million doses will be landing in Hyderabad with partner Dr Reddy’s Laboratories by May-end, according to reports.

Moscow has decided to ramp up Sputnik V doses to more than five million next month and more than 10 million vaccines in July.

The first consignment of 150,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine landed in Hyderabad from Russia on May 1. Dr Reddys Laboratories which has tied up with Russian Direct Investment Fund for the vaccine said in a statement that the initial quantity will be used across different channels as a pilot to line up the supply chain for the larger vaccination program rollout.

Sputnik V is based on human adenoviral vectors, is one of three vaccines (the other two are Pfizer and Moderna) that have an efficacy of over 90 per cent against the coronavirus disease, which is caused by SARS-CoV-2.

It was given regulatory approval or restricted use authorisation in India on April 12.

The Russian medical support can be seen at Kalawati Hospital in Delhi with 75 ventilators, 20 large capacity oxygen concentrators and 150-bed monitors being installed at the Central Delhi hospital.

Besides 60 large oxygen concentrators already on way through private donation, Russia has supplied 200,000 tablets of Fafivir drug, used for treating early stages of coronavirus, to all central AIIMS facilities in north India.

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