Earlier today, a plane carrying the first batch of Russian vaccines landed in Hyderabad, Telangana.
“I am delighted to share that the first batch of Sputnik V vaccine was delivered in Hyderabad today! As Russia and India continue to make joint efforts to combat # COVID19, this step is particularly important to support the Indian government’s efforts to mitigate the deadly second wave,” Ambassador Kudashev said.
The Russian envoy also said that the effectiveness of Sputnik V is among the highest in the world, and this vaccine will also be effective against new strains of COVID-19,
“Its domestic production is about to start soon and is set to gradually increase to 850 million doses per year. We look forward to further expanding our bilateral and multilateral cooperation with India to stop the epidemic,” he added.
Last month, the Comptroller General of Narcotics (DCGI) authorized Dr. Reddy Laboratories to import Russian vaccine to India for emergency use.
The Russian vaccine rollout is expected to boost the third phase of the vaccination campaign in India that began today amid a record spike in COVID-19 cases.
India first reported more than 4 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. A total of 4,01,993 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the past 24 hours, bringing the cumulative number of cases to 1,91,64,969, the Federal Ministry of Health said Saturday.
Sputnik V is the third vaccine that India has given the green light for post-Covishield, developed by the University of Oxford, AstraZeneca and Covaxin, the home-grown vaccine manufactured by Bharat Biotech. Covishield is manufactured by Serum Institute in India.
Diplomatic sources had informed ANI that India would receive a large number of vaccines in the first tranche and the offer would continue in installments. India expects 5 million vials of Sputnik’s vaccines by next month.