The Sputnik V vaccine, the third vaccine granted emergency approval in India, has come to Hyderabad from Russia. The first installment came with 1,50,000 doses of vaccine. Another three million doses of the vaccine will arrive later this month.
The plane with the first consignment of 1,50,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine left Russia on Saturday morning. The vaccine consigned is handed over to Dr. Reddy's Laboratories. Permission from the Central Drugs Laboratory must be obtained before administering these doses to the public for vaccination.
The manufactures claim that the Sputnik V vaccine is 90 percent effective against coronavirus disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. It was approved on April 12 for limited use in our country. Sputnik V vaccine should be given in two doses over 21 days. The Sputnik V vaccine was developed by the Gamalaya National Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology. It is supported by the Russian Sovereign Wealth Fund and the Russian Direct Investment Fund.
According to the authorities, about 5 million doses of the Sputnik V vaccine will arrive in our country from Russia in June. Another 10 million doses will arrive in July. Initially, Dr. Reddys will be importing the vaccine but will later manufacture the doses in its facilities in India.