Indian Ambassador to Russia Bala Venkatesh Varma said on Thursday that India will start vaccinating its citizens with the Russian COVID-19 Sputnik V vaccine from next month.
“India will start vaccinating citizens with the Russian Sputnik V vaccine at the beginning of May,” Sputnik said, citing the Indian ambassador to Russia.
It comes at a time when India faces an increase in COVID-19 cases as the country has registered 3.79,257 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours. This is the highest single-day peak in cases since the pandemic began last year.
Russia’s Sputnik V obtained approval from the Subject Matter Expert Committee (SEC) for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) on April 12, making it the third COVID-19 vaccine to be granted authorization in India.
India has become the 60th country to allow the use of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus. The vaccine is now approved in countries with a total population of 3 billion, or 40 percent of the world’s population.
Sputnik V uses two different vectors for the two shots in a course of vaccination. The effectiveness of Sputnik V was determined to be 91.6% according to an article published in The Lancet, one of the oldest and most respected medical journals in the world.
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