First batch of Russia’s Sputnik vaccine makes its technique to India as COVID circumstances breach four lakh infections a day


Tribune Web Desk
Chandigarh, May 1

The first batch of Russia’s Sputnik vaccine arrived in Hyderabad on Saturday—the first of a few foreign vaccines that are expected to help bolster India’s vaccination drive as the country struggles with combating the deadly second wave of COVID-19.

“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,” said a tweet from official site for the Russian made vaccine.

Sputnik is a vaccine developed by Moscow-based Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, with a stated efficacy of 91.7 per cent.

COVID vaccines developed by American pharmaceutical giant Pzifer and German biotechnology company BioNTech, American pharmaceutical and biotechnology giant Moderna and American multinational Johnson & Johnson will eventually make their way into India as well.

Sputnik’s arrival comes on a day when India recorded over 4 lakh cases in a day. Its fatality count stands at 2,11,853.   

 



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