COVID: First batch of SputnikV vaccine arrives in India

at 4:56 pm

New Delhi (NVI): India on Saturday received the first batch of SputnikV vaccine from Russia to fight against the second massive wave of COVID-19 in the country.

The flight carrying shipment landed at Hyderabad airport today.

“First batch of SputnikV vaccine arrives in Hyderabad, India! That’s the same day the country starts mass COVID vaccination drive covering its entire adult population. Let’s jointly defeat this pandemic. Together we are stronger,” the official Twitter handle of SputnikV said.

Russia’s Sputnik V got approval from the Subject expert committee (SEC) for Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) on 12 April, making it the third Covid-19 vaccine to get clearance in India.

India has become the 60th country to authorise the use of the Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus. The vaccine is now approved in countries with a total population of 3 billion, or 40 % of the world’s population.

Sputnik V uses two different vectors for the two shots in a course of vaccination. The efficacy of Sputnik V was determined to be 91.6 per cent.

A total of 4,01,993 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the last 24 hours in India, taking the cumulative cases to 1,91,64,969 in the country. This is the highest ever spike since the pandemic has started in 2020.

The country has also registered 3,523 deaths and 2,99,988 discharges in the last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry.