Sputnik V vaccine is also to be had out there by next week: Govt


The union government on Thursday said that Russia’s Sputnik vaccine will likely be to be had to be used by next week and also the native production of the shot will begin in July.

“Sputnik vaccine has arrived in India. I am happy to say that we are hopeful that it is going to be to be had out there next week. We’re hopeful that the sale of the limited provide that has come from there (Russia), will begin next week,” said Dr VK Paul, Member (Health) of NITI Aayog.

Sputnik V is the third vaccine India has provided go-ahead to after Covishield and Covaxin. Covishield is developed by AstraZeneca and manufactured by the Serum Institute in India in the neighborhood.

Addressing a briefing on the vaccination situation in the country, Dr Paul said that the Central government has already procured 350 million vaccine doses for the ongoing vaccination drive and more than 2 billion vaccine doses will be manufactured between August and December.

“Overall, 216 crore doses of vaccines will be manufactured in India between August-December – for India and for Indians. There must be no doubt that vaccine will be to be had for all as we move forward,” he said.

Expressing optimism that more vaccines will be to be had going forward, Dr Paul said that more than a few arms and departments of government, including the ministry of outside matters (MEA) is in touch with foreign vaccine makers Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson.

“They were officially asked whether they wish to send doses to or manufacture in India, we can find partners and assist. They had said that they’re working in their own way and they might talk of vaccine availability in Q3, in 2021. We are connected to them. I’m hopeful that they are going to step forward to increase availability in India,” he said.

“Any vaccine that is approved by US FDA, WHO can come to India. Import license will be granted inside 1-2 days. No import license is pending,” Dr Paul further said.

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