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Roll-out of COVID-19 vaccine ‘Sputnik V’ delayed in Delhi-NCR: Officials

The roll-out of the Russian COVID-19 vaccine ‘Sputnik V’ at various private hospitals in the Delhi-NCR region has been delayed once again, officials revealed today.

A spokesman of Apollo Hospitals said that they have no clarity on the dates of the vaccine roll-out. However, the hospital had earlier said it would tentatively start administering the two-dose vaccine by June 25.

An official of Madhukar Rainbow Children’s Hospital said that the facility has also not received Sputnik V doses so far from Hyderabad-based Dr Reddy’s Laboratories.

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories is the marketing partner of Sputnik V

“There is a delay on the part of the suppliers. They have not shared any specific reason for it. I think it could be related to the supply of both the doses together,” he said.

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories is the marketing partner for the vaccine in the country.

Sputnik V uses two different viruses that cause the common cold (adenovirus) in humans. The two doses, given 21 days apart, are different and not interchangeable, reported PTI.

Fortis Healthcare has also not started administering the Russian vaccine to people so far. It had earlier said that it would make Sputnik V available at its Gurgaon and Mohali hospitals.

Sputnik V to be manufactured in India soon 

Developed by Russia’s Gamaleya National Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, Sputnik V has demonstrated an efficacy rate of 92 per cent.

The Centre has fixed the price of Sputnik V at Rs 1,145 per dose, while the maximum price of Covishield for private COVID-19 Vaccination Centres (CVCs) has been fixed at Rs 780, and Covaxin at Rs 1,410 per dose.

The Russian vaccine will also be manufactured in India soon.

Meanwhile, amid a sharp rise in cases and the spread of the Delta variant, Russia is going to launch an official re-vaccination programme.

It has already launched the one-dose Sputnik Light vaccine, which will be used as a booster shot for the re-vaccination campaign.

Russia reported 20,538 COVID-19 cases and 599 new fatalities in the past 24 hours.

 

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