Have you got COVID-19 vaccination? GOOD NEWS! This 'Made in India' COVID-19 vaccine LIKELY to be AVAILABLE from next month
Production of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine in India is expected to come fully onstream in September and RDIF expects India to become a major production hub for the Sputnik V vaccines.
Made in India COVID-19 Vaccine: On Monday, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories informed that 'Made in India' Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine doses are likely to be available from September-October.
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In a conversation with news agency ANI, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories said, "We expect that locally manufactured doses are likely to be available from the September-October period." Dr Reddy's Laboratories and Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) signed an agreement for the distribution of Sputnik V vaccine in India.
The COVID-19 vaccination drive began in India with Covaxin and Covishield. Later on, Russia's Sputnik V also joined the list. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has capped the charges of these three vaccines at the private hospitals. Currently, administration of Covishield costs Rs 780, Covaxin Rs 1,410 and Sputnik V at Rs 1,145.
The ANI report stated that Dr. Reddy's Laboratories informed that they have received 31.5 lakh doses of component 1 and 4.5 lakh doses of component 2 of the Sputnik V vaccine in India. The release from the company said, "The Sputnik V vaccination launch we initiated as pilot in May 2021 has seen gradual and steady commercial scale-up and roll-out all over India since then, having reached around 80 cities in India. We have partnered with major hospitals around the country and set up our cold chain infrastructure across more than 300 locations since the vaccine requires - 18 degrees C temperature."
Recently, RDIF also said in a statement that the production of Russian Sputnik V in India is expected to come fully on stream in September, reported ANI. RDIF said, "Production in India is expected to come fully onstream in September and RDIF expects India to become a major production hub for the Sputnik V vaccine with such companies as Serum Institute of India, the world's biggest vaccine producer, Gland Pharma, Hetero Biopharma, Panacea Biotec, Stelis Biopharma, Virchow Biotech and Morepen Laboratories working to produce the vaccine."
As per the data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, as on August 3, 2021, 47.85 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered. Also, India has reported 30,549 new cases in last 24 hours.
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