Hindustan Times (East UP)

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

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NEW DELHI: India will start receiving Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine by endMay, its local distributo­r Dr. Reddy’s Laboratori­es told Reuters on Thursday, a later than expected schedule that could slow the country’s immunisati­on 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 infections on Thursday.

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