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Second batch of Sputnik V delivered to India

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The second batch of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine has arrived in the Indian city of Hyderabad.

The second batch of the Russian vaccine against coronavirus infection Sputnik V was delivered on Sunday to the Indian city of Hyderabad. Nikolay Kudashev, Russian Ambassador to India, told Russian journalists about this.

“The second batch of Sputnik V has been delivered to Hyderabad today. We are very pleased that the joint struggle between Russia and India against [the disease caused by the coronavirus] COVID-19, which today is one of the most important areas of our bilateral cooperation, is firmly on track and moving forward,” the Ambassador said.

He noted that Moscow and New Delhi are closely cooperating in the field of medical research, including in relation to new strains of coronavirus, and also maintain an active, non-politicized dialogue within international platforms such as WHO, the G20 and BRICS. The humanitarian aid delivered last month by the Russian side has already been successfully used (more than 22 tons of cargo, including 20 pieces of oxygen production equipment, 75 ventilators, 150 medical monitors and 200 thousand packages of medicines, were delivered to New - Delhi at the end of April - TASS note).

"This is really a brilliant example of a particularly privileged strategic partnership and an effective model of international cooperation in the fight against the pandemic, which knows no unnecessary obstacles," the head of the diplomatic mission added.

Nikolai Kudashev emphasized that given the recent start of using the Russian vaccine in the Indian population vaccination campaign, this second delivery was very timely. “The effectiveness of Sputnik V is well known in the world. In Russia, the vaccine has been successfully used to vaccinate citizens since the second half of 2020. Russian experts said that the drug is also effective against new strains of coronavirus,” the Russian ambassador said.

Sputnik V in India

The first batch of Russian vaccine against coronavirus Sputnik V was delivered to India on 1 May. The consignor of the cargo is the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which oversees this project. Sputnik V is the third vaccine to be used in this country. Previously, only two drugs were used for immunization in India: Covishield, developed by the British-Swedish company AstraZeneca and Oxford University, and Covaxin by the Indian company Bharat Biotech.

Indian pharmaceutical company Dr. Reddy's Laboratories applied in February for a limited use permit for Sputnik V in India. She was approved in April. This company is ready to distribute the Russian vaccine. RDIF also agreed to manufacture the drug with several companies in India itself.

The use of the Russian drug began in India on 14 May. The first inoculation with this vaccine was received in Hyderabad by a representative of the management of Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Deepak Sapra. The cost of the imported Russian vaccine is about $13, including a 5% tax. With the expansion of supplies of Sputnik V by local manufacturers of this drug to the Indian market, the price for it may be reduced.

On August 11, 2020, Russia was the first in the world to register a vaccine against coronavirus, which was called Sputnik V. It was developed by the N. F. Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology. The drug is already registered in many countries.

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