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Sputnik Covid-19 Vaccine Production In India Expected To Begin In August, Says Indian Envoy To Russia | India News

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SAINT PETERSBURG: Production of the Sputnik Covid-19 vaccine in India is expected to begin in August, Indian envoy to Russia Bala Venkatesh Varma said, adding that Russia has supplied more than 2 lakh doses of the vaccine to India.
“For Sputnik, 150,000 doses plus 60,000 doses will be supplied to India. By the end of May, around 3 million doses will be supplied in bulk. Those will be filled in India. In June, it is expected to increase to 5 million and production in India is expected to start in August, “said Varma.
The Indian envoy also reported that Sputnik will be produced in India in three phases.
“It will be produced in India in three phases. First, the supply from Russia, fully done, which has already started. Second, RDIF will be shipped to India in bulk. It will be ready for use, but will have to be filled in several bottles in India, “Varma said.
“And in the third phase, the Russian side will transfer the technology to an Indian company and the Indian company will produce it in its entirety. The three together will be around 850 million doses,” he added.
Referring to the Sputnik Light vaccine, the ambassador also said that New Delhi hopes that the Russian Sputnik Light vaccine will be approved for use in India.
“The Russian side has also proposed Sputnik Light. Regulatory approvals for that in India are not yet completed. But once those regulatory approvals are given, then Sputnik Light will be one more area of ​​cooperation between India and Russia,” he said.
Sputnik Light is the first component (recombinant human adenovirus serotype number 26 (rAd26)) of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, according to the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), the sovereign wealth fund that markets the vaccine abroad.
“The single-dose Sputnik Light vaccine demonstrated an efficacy of 79.4 percent based on analyzed data taken 28 days after the injection was given. An efficacy level of about 80 percent is higher than that of many vaccines. two-dose, “RDIF said in a statement.
The Sputnik V vaccine was registered in India in April.



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