First consignment of COVID vaccine Sputnik V from Russia arrives in Hyderabad
1,50,000 doses of the Russian vaccine, Sputnik V have arrived from Moscow in Hyderabad. While 3 million doses of the same are all set to arrive in May.
The first consignment of Sputnik V, all the way from Moscow, arrives in Hyderabad, on Saturday. A flight carrying 1,50,000 doses of the Russian vaccine arrives today with another consignment of 3,00,000 doses scheduled to arrive this month.
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Although, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a conversation with the Russian president Vladimir Putin on the 28th of April 2021. According to the diplomats, it was a very warm conversation between the two national leaders.
Sputnik V carries an efficacy of more than 90% against the Coronavirus. It was given the green light for use in India on the 12th of April with a view to curb the surge in Covid-19 cases.
The vaccine has been developed by the Gamaleya National Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology and is backed by the Russian Sovereign Wealth Fund, Russian Direct Investment Fund, or RDIF.
India has been witnessing a consistent rise in the Covid cases since the middle of March in a few parts. Though, it took hold in April 2021, which is considered to be the month of the arrival of the second wave of contagious Covid-19.
Several states in India like Maharashtra, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, and even the national capital Delhi, have been witnessing a nefarious and ponderable situation.
Earlier, the country leaned on two vaccines named Covishield and Covaxin, developed by the Serum Institute of India based in Pune and Bharat Biotech International Ltd respectively.
The vaccination in the country began on the 16th of January, 2021 in a phased manner. The very first phase was occupied by the healthcare & frontline workers.
The second phase began on the 1st of March which allowed people over the age of 60 and people over 45 having co-morbid conditions, to get the life-saving shots.
Again, on the 19th of April, the government came up with a policy to liberalize and accelerate the vaccination drive in the country, thereby making above 18 eligible to get the shots. Also, Sputnik V was granted approval in India with anticipation to boost up the vaccination drive.