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Sputnik V to be available from second week of June: Apollo Hospitals
Karnataka's global tender for vaccines has also received a response from two firms to supply Sputnik V
Sputnik V, the third Covid-19 vaccine approved in India will be available through the Apollo Hospitals from the second week of June, Shobana Kamineni, Executive Vice-chairperson, Apollo Hospitals said on Thursday.
The Sputnik V makers have also agreed to supply vaccines in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Wednesday. The exact quantity of vaccine supply is yet to be ascertained though.
"Talks are on with them (Sputnik V makers). Their people had a meeting with our officers yesterday. Talks are underway as to what quantity of vaccines will they provide us," the Delhi CM had said.
Karnataka's global tender for vaccines has also received a response from two firms to supply Sputnik V, while the Mumbai civic corporation received eight bids for Sputnik V already.
Days ago, Indian Envoy to Russia D Bala Venkatesh Verma said that Russia plans to produce around 850 million doses of Sputnik V' in India in three phases. He said that 1,50,000 plus 60,000 doses of Sputnik have been supplied to India and by the end of May, 3 million doses will be supplied in bulk.
The supply of vaccines is expected to hit 5 million by June and the production of the vaccine in India is expected to begin by August, he added. India and Russia are planning to manufacture anywhere between 35 to 40 million doses every month in India.
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As Sputnik V has an efficacy of 97.6%, the vaccine is expected to play a major role in expediting India’s vaccination drive. According to Russian Direct Investment Fund, the efficacy is based on analysis of data on coronavirus infection rate among those in Russia vaccinated with both components of Sputnik V from December 5, 2020 to March 31, 2021.