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India to get Russia's Sputnik V vaccine only by end-May

  • Published at 04:58 pm April 22nd, 2021
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File Photo: Sputnik V gives around 92% protection against Covid-19, according to late-stage trial results published in the Lancet in February this year Reuters

India recorded the world's highest daily tally of 314,835 new Covid-19 infections on Thursday

India will start receiving Russia's Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine by end-May, its local distributor Dr Reddy's Laboratories told Reuters on Thursday, a later than expected schedule that could slow the country's immunization drive.

"We are targeting to have the first batches imported by (fiscal) Q1, and are trying our best to have them by end-May," a Dr Reddy’s spokesman told Reuters.

"Sputnik is going to be made in India in a few months. We expect the India-made vaccine to start being available from the second quarter of the fiscal (year)."

India's ambassador to Moscow said last week deliveries of Sputnik V to the country were expected to begin this month, the Tass news agency reported.

India recorded the world's highest daily tally of 314,835 new Covid-19 infections on Thursday as a second wave of the pandemic raised new fears about the ability of crumbling health services to cope.

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