India to receive Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine shots by end-May

A paramedic holds a pack of used and unused vials of Russias Sputnik V coronavirus disease COVID19 vaccine at a private hospital in Karachi Pakistan April 4 2021 File photo Reuters
A paramedic holds a pack of used and unused vials of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a private hospital in Karachi, Pakistan April 4, 2021. (File photo: Reuters)

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.

source: Reuters

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