Russia will be sending a second consignment of its Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, carrying 1.50 lakh doses, in the next two days. Another consignment of 30-lakh jabs, in partnership with Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, will land in Hyderabad by May-end, a media report said.
Moscow has decided to ramp up Sputnik V doses to more than 50 lakh next month and over 1 crore in July, the Hindustan Times reported.
Apart from the vaccines, Russia is also sending at least four medium oxygen generating trucks, each with a capacity to feed a 200-bed hospital, according to diplomats based in New Delhi and Moscow, the report mentioned.
These trucks produce 70 kg oxygen per hour and 50,000 litres per day. Also, 60 large oxygen concentrators, as part of private donation, are already on the way to India from the country, the report added.
The first batch of 1.50 lakh doses of Sputnik V arrived in India on May 1, the day India officially opened its third phase of vaccination to people in the age group of 18 to 44 years.
Dr. Reddys and Russian Direct Investment Fund entered into a deal in September last year to conduct clinical trials of Sputnik.
Sputnik V vaccine with an efficacy rate of over 90 percent against the Coronavirus disease, is the third vaccine after Covaxin and Covishield to be given approval in India. It, however, was given regulatory approval or restricted use authorisation in India on April 12.
Based on human adenoviral vectors, the Sputnik V is among the only three vaccines in the world to have an efficacy of over 90 percent against SARS-CoV-2, the other two being Pfizer and Moderna.
The report said other medical supports like 75 ventilators, 20 large capacity oxygen concentrators and 150-bed monitors, sent by Russia in its first batch of aid, have been sent to Kalawati Hospital in Delhi.
Russia has also supplied 2 lakh tablets of Fafivir, used for treatment in the early stages of the COVID-19, to all central AIIMS facilities in north India.
India has reported over 4 lakh cases in the last 24 hours, the highest-ever single-day rise in the world. There were 3,980 COVID-19 related deaths.