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Sputnik V, The Third Approved COVID-19 Vaccine Launched In India, To Cost Rs.995.4 Per Shot

Sputnik V, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute which has been proved to be 91.6 per cent effective against COVID-19 has been launched in the country by Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical company Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Limited

Sputnik V, The Third Approved COVID-19 Vaccine Launched In India, To Cost Rs. 995.4 Per Shot
Highlights
  • 15.6 crore doses of Sputnik V vaccine will be manufactured in India: Centre
  • Sputnik V is expected to work against mutations
  • It is very important to get vaccinated again COVID: GV Prasad

New Delhi: Russia’s Gam-COVID-Vac combined vector vaccine, popularly called Sputnik-V vaccine has been launched in the country on May 14 by Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical company Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Limited (DRL). The company carried out phase two and three clinical trials of the vaccine in the country. According to the company, the first consignment of the imported doses of Sputnik V arrived in the country on May 1 and has received regulatory clearance from the Central Drugs Laboratory, Kasauli on May 13. Dr Reddy’s Laboratories has administered the first dose of Sputnik V Coronavirus vaccine in Hyderabad today as part of a soft launch and will be eventually rolled out at 35 centres across India.

Russia’s Sputnik Light could also be the first single-dose vaccine to be used in India and Dr Reddy’s will hold talks with the government and the regulator in June for immediate launch, sources told NDTV.

Sputnik V has been developed by Gamaleya National Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, Russia with support from the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF). The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) gave a regulatory nod to Sputnik-V under the emergency use authorisation last month. It is the third COVID-19 vaccine to be approved by DGCI. The country has been using two COVID-19 vaccines- Covaxin of Bharat Biotech and Covishield of Oxford-AstraZeneca manufactured by Serum Institute of India in Pune in its ongoing vaccination drive against COVID-19 which was initiated on January 16 this year.

Also Read: Gap Between Two Doses Of Covishield Extended To 12-16 Weeks: Government

Here is all you need to know about Sputnik V:

How Does Sputnik V Vaccine Work?

According to Dr K K Aggarwal, Former President, Indian Medical Association (IMA), Sputnik V vaccine is based on the same method as Covishield. He said that it uses two human adenoviruses that cause the common cold. So, the genetic code similar to coronavirus protein is put replacing the gene from the weakened virus, Dr Aggarwal explained, adding that the inserted element is safe for the body. It stimulates the immune system to generate response and produce antibodies that protect the body from the COVID-19 infection, he said.

When Can We Expect Sputnik V To Be Rolled Out In The Rest Of India?

In an interview with NDTV, Dr Kirill Dmitriev, CEO, Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) that makes investments in Russian companies and is marketing Sputnik V across the world said that RDIF plans to become a meaningful player in India’s vaccination drive. Dr Dmitriev added that RIDF has reached an agreement with five pharmaceutical companies in the country which will be manufacturing at least 5 crore doses per month initially.

The first batch of the vaccine is being made at Panacea Biotec Limited’s facility at Baddi in Himachal Pradesh from where it will be shipped to Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Russia for quality control.

How Will Sputnik V Be Priced In India?

An imported dose of Sputnik V vaccine costs Rs. 995.40 in India, according to Dr Reddy’s Laboratories. The price of the imported doses will include a five per cent GST (Goods and Services Tax) per dose. Doses of Sputnik V which are made in India are likely to be cheaper.

Also Read: Dr Reddy’s Laboratories To Submit Additional Immunogenicity Data For Emergency Approval Of COVID-19 Vaccine Sputnik V

What Is The Efficacy Of Sputnik V And How Safe It Is?

The efficacy of Sputnik V was is 91.6 per cent in the interim analysis of phase 3 clinical trial, which included data on 19,866 volunteers in Russia, as per the peer-reviewed study recently published in the medical journal the Lancet. It also said that the vaccine provides 100 per cent protection against severe cases. There are no serious adverse events and no strong allergies caused by Sputnik V, it said.

How Effective Will Sputnik V Be Against The Variants That Are Being Reported In India?

GV Prasad, Managing Director of Dr Reddy’s Labs said to NDTV that all vaccines seem to have some level of efficacy against the mutations of the coronavirus. He said,

We do have a very early-stage data on that aspect, however, the important thing is, even if the mutant is there, and if you are vaccinated, the symptoms are relatively mild. Being vaccinated is very important, I think like the seasonal flu, we will see booster shots tailored for mutants every season. And eventually, the pattern will establish but at this point, it is a bit too early to speculate on that.

Sputnik V Is Also A Two Dose Vaccine Like Covishield And Covaxin But Uses Two Different Formulae

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), the vaccine is to be administered intramuscularly in two doses of 0.5 ml each with an interval of 21 days. The vaccines use two different formulae for each dose (Day 0: Formula I and Day 21: Formula II) which are not interchangeable, the union ministry said.

Sputnik V Can Be Stored In A Conventional Refrigerator

RDIF said that the storage temperature of Sputnik V at -18 degree Celsius in its liquid form. However, it can be stored at 2-8 degree C in its freeze-dried form in a conventional refrigerator, making it easier to transport and store, as per Dr Dmitriev of RDIF.

On the question of challenges related to the storage of Sputnik V doses, Mr. Prasad said,

Sputnik V is stored at between -18 to -24 degrees. We have an existing measles vaccine supply chain in India, which is historically stored at -20 degrees Celsius so we are planning to leverage that. We have also augmented some of that cold chain and cold storage points at various PLACES across the country. So the cold storage and cold chain are well established now. And we have validated it, with multiple dry runs and we feel comfortable with that.

The Country Needs More Vaccines To Fill The Immunisation Gap: Experts

While talking to NDTV about the shortage of vaccines and the slow pace of the ongoing vaccination drive, Dr Aviral Roy, Consultant, Critical Care, Medica Superspecialty Hospital, Kolkata said that the country needs to revamp its vaccination efforts exponentially and regulatory approval of new vaccines is an important step towards it. He said,

The number of patients is increasing every day. The situation is already overwhelming and it is when we have not even reached the peak of the second wave. People need to understand that stopping the infection has to be their most important priority. Increasing the number of vaccines out there is another important thing that needs to be done. I am happy that we have three vaccines now and all three manufacturers have promised large quantities of doses to be manufactured in the coming days. Now, it is important that the government help these manufacturers get the required raw material and also ensure adequate stock of syringes, vials, packaging and cold chain to break the chain of transmission.

Also Read: High And Upper-Middle Countries With 53 Per Cent Population Received 83 Per Cent Of World’s COVID Vaccine: WHO

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World

26,43,68,460Cases
22,50,84,762Active
3,40,45,666Recovered
52,38,032Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,43,68,460 and 52,38,032 have died; 22,50,84,762 are active cases and 3,40,45,666 have recovered as on December 3, 2021 at 1:36 pm.

India

3,46,15,757 9,216Cases
99,976 213Active
3,40,45,666 8,612Recovered
4,70,115 391Deaths
In India, there are 3,46,15,757 confirmed cases including 4,70,115 deaths. The number of active cases is 99,976 and 3,40,45,666 have recovered as on December 3, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,37,221 796

10,882 180

64,85,290 952

1,41,049 24

Kerala

51,51,919 4,700

45,030 252

50,66,034 4,128

40,855 320

Karnataka

29,96,833 363

6,772 169

29,51,845 191

38,216 3

Tamil Nadu

27,28,350 715

8,155 45

26,83,691 748

36,504 12

Andhra Pradesh

20,73,252 159

2,138 11

20,56,670 169

14,444 1

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,417 12

93 1

16,87,413 11

22,911

West Bengal

16,17,408 657

7,690 22

15,90,208 667

19,510 12

Delhi

14,41,190 217

307 21

14,15,785 196

25,098

Odisha

10,49,597 252

2,211 26

10,38,971 276

8,415 2

Chhattisgarh

10,06,870 37

328 12

9,92,949 25

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,827 21

213 10

9,45,659 11

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,570 50

318 25

8,17,158 24

10,094 1

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,199 12

128 4

7,82,543 8

10,528

Haryana

7,71,760 27

178 9

7,61,528 18

10,054

Bihar

7,26,230 5

32 0

7,16,534 4

9,664 1

Telangana

6,76,376 189

3,680 50

6,68,701 137

3,995 2

Assam

6,17,163 124

2,535 77

6,08,517 198

6,111 3

Punjab

6,03,352 32

344 13

5,86,402 18

16,606 1

Jharkhand

3,49,271 15

95 1

3,44,035 13

5,141 1

Uttarakhand

3,44,325 22

182 4

3,36,735 18

7,408

Jammu And Kashmir

3,37,263 177

1,697 10

3,31,089 167

4,477

Himachal Pradesh

2,27,354 85

835 29

2,22,669 113

3,850 1

Goa

1,79,046 56

367 40

1,75,295 16

3,384

Mizoram

1,35,765 315

3,717 55

1,31,545 368

503 2

Puducherry

1,28,998 33

299 10

1,26,826 23

1,873

Manipur

1,25,269 33

663 4

1,22,627 28

1,979 1

Tripura

84,835 15

94 6

83,916 8

825 1

Meghalaya

84,534 24

296 2

82,764 25

1,474 1

Chandigarh

65,475 4

65 1

64,590 5

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,285 6

36 1

54,969 5

280

Sikkim

32,267 15

137 10

31,727 5

403

Nagaland

32,128 3

128 5

31,302 6

698 2

Ladakh

21,642 41

306 21

21,122 20

214

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

0 1

10,679 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,397 1

18 8

10,328 9

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,686 3

7 2

7,550 1

129

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