Another Covid Vaccine For India : Russian Covid Vaccine Sputnik-V Shipments Expected To Arrive Today As India

As India rolls out the third phase of its inoculation drive amid several states reporting a shortage of vaccines, the first lot of Sputnik V from Russia is expected to land in the country on Saturday.

Another Covid Vaccine For India : Russian Covid Vaccine Sputnik-V Shipments Expected To Arrive Today As India
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As India rolls out the third phase of its inoculation drive amid several states reporting a shortage of vaccines, the first lot of Sputnik V from Russia is expected to land in the country on Saturday.

The Russian Direct Investment Fund, which is marketing Sputnik V globally, had stated earlier last month that the vaccines will start arriving in India from 1 May.

“The first doses will be delivered on 1 May," RDIF chief executive officer Kirill Dmitriev said. He had hoped that the Russian-made vaccine would help India mitigate the raging second wave of coronavirus infections.

However, Dmitriev had not stated the quantity of the shipment or where they would be made.

The Indian Ambassador to Russia, Bala Venkatesh Varma, also recently said that India will start vaccinating citizens with Russia's Sputnik V vaccine early in May.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the company’s partner in India, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd, said it is not providing a specific date for the launch.

It added that although the company had earlier indicated the delivery will start from the end of May, the timeline has now been shifted to anytime in May.

“Discussions over pricing and the number of doses are still ongoing between Dr Reddy’s, RDIF and the government," the spokesperson said.