New Delhi: First batch of Russian vaccine for Covid-19, Sputnik V, arrived in Hyderabad on Saturday.
A special cargo flight carrying the first consignment landed at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.
It was immediately not clear how many doses have arrived. The consignment was delivered to Dr Reddy`s Laboratories, which has entered into an agreement with the Russian vaccine maker.
The company will seek mandatory approval of Central Drugs Laboratory for distribution of the vaccine in the country.
“First batch of Sputnik V has arrived in Hyderabad, India. That
s the same day the country starts mass Covid vaccination drive covering entire adult population. Lets jointly defeat this pandemic. Together we are stronger,” tweeted Sputnik V.
Last month, the Indian regulators granted regulatory approval or restricted use authorisation to Sputnik V.
Sputnik V should be administered in two doses of 0.5 ml each with an interval of 21 days. According to the guidelines, the vaccine is indicated for active immunisation to prevent Covid-19 in individuals over 18 years of age and it needs to be stored at a temperature of minus 18-degree Celsius in liquid form. However, it can be stored at 2-8-degree Celsius in its freeze-dried form in a conventional refrigerator, making it easier to transport and store.
Sputnik V has demonstrated an efficacy rate of 91.6 per cent in the interim analysis of phase 3 clinical trial, which included data on 19,866 volunteers in Russia. The manufacturers insist that the vaccine provides full protection against severe cases of COVID-19 and that there are no strong allergies caused by Sputnik V.
Earlier today, people between the ages of 18 and 44 began lining up for the first time outside COVID-19 vaccination centres in various parts of India. But even as India’s inoculation efforts expanded, many hospitals and state governments have flagged shortages. In Mumbai for example, the BMC is conducting the inoculation drive at only five centres, having issued an advisory that only those who receive messages will be getting the jab. The arrival of a third vaccine will in turn give fresh impetus to the inoculation efforts.