According to a report, Russia’s Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V is likely to be available from today at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in Delhi. When and how many people will be given the vaccine, it depends on the consignment received by the hospital. The Sputnik V has been priced at Rs 1,145, which will include hospital charges and taxes, as per the Centre’s pricing schedule.
The first phase of the Sputnik V roll-out by Apollo Hospitals and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories began on May 17 in Hyderabad and on May 18 in Visakhapatnam as a pilot project.
According to Hindustan Times, apart from Apollo Hospitals, Madhukar Rainbow Children’s Hospital in Delhi will also start giving Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine to people by the end of this week.
Vaccine given to employees of Dr. Reddy’s Lab
ANI, citing people associated with the matter, also reported that Sputnik V was given to the employees of Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories at Delhi’s Indraprastha Apollo Hospital on Sunday. 1000 doses of the vaccine arrived at Apollo Hospitals and 179 doses were given to the staff of Dr Reddy’s Laboratories.
After indigenous vaccines Covaxin and Covishield, the Drugs Controller General of India had approved the emergency use of Sputnik V. The first dose of this vaccine was given in Hyderabad last month.
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The vaccine, developed by Russia’s Gamalya National Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, has been shown to be up to 94.3 percent effective. This rate is the highest for any vaccine available in India so far.
Recently, India received its new consignment of about 3 million doses of Sputnik V from Russia. The dose had arrived at Hyderabad airport in Telangana on a specially chartered cargo.
Single dose Sputnik light will also get approval
Apart from this, the single dose vaccine Sputnik Light is also expected to be approved in India soon. PTI reported in late May that the government is looking forward to launching the Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik Lite, a slimmed-down, single-dose version of Sputnik V, in India soon.
The agency quoted people familiar with the matter as saying that an application seeking regulatory approval for Sputnik Lite is expected to be filed in the next few weeks and could become the first single-dose vaccine to be launched in India.