Sputnik V cleared for launch in India, Experts clear Russia’s Sputnik Covid-19 vaccine for use in India

India has approved Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V(Reuters)

Sputnik V cleared for launch in India, Experts clear Russia’s Sputnik Covid-19 vaccine for use in India
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Dr Reddy's Laboratories on Tuesday said that it has received permission from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) to import the Sputnik vaccine into India for restricted use in emergencies.

The permission is subject to provisions of New Drug and Clinical Trials Rules 2019 under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.

Dr Reddy's Labs co-chairman and managing director GV Prasad said that with rising cases in India, vaccination is the most effective tool in the battle against Covid-19. This will enable us to contribute to our nation's effort of vaccinating a significant proportion of our population."

The Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) for Sputnik V comes as India battles a huge surge in virus cases in recent weeks that has prompted night curfews and a clampdown on movement and activities.

India on Tuesday reported more than 161,736 new cases -- the eighth consecutive day that more than 100,000 infections have been recorded.

The makers of the vaccine claim Sputnik-V is an affordable vaccine and can be "stored at a temperature of +2 to +8°C ". They say that these aspects of Sputnik-V allow for fast distribution of the vaccine in hard-to-reach regions across the globe.

The move to approve Sputnik-V by the Subject Expert Committee (SEC) comes as India faces a surge in Covid-19 cases across the nation with Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and Kerala witnessing a surge in their daily caseload. India launched its vaccination drive on January 16 with Covaxin of Bharat Biotech and the vaccine developed by Oxford University-AstraZeneca, which is being manufactured as Covishield by the Serum Institute of India, after they were granted emergency use approval on January 1 and January 3 respectively.

India has vaccinated 10.45 crore people according to data published by the Union health ministry on Monday. The government has declared a vaccine festival from April 11 to April 14. On Day 1 of Tika Utsav, the government said 30 lakh doses were administered