In India, vaccinations began with the Russian Sputnik V vaccine. This was reported by the Russian State Investment Fund (RDIF). On April 12, India has already approved the emergency use of the vaccine. The country is facing a devastating outbreak of Coronavirus. In many countries there is a shortage of oxygen and vaccines.
The first shipment of vaccines arrived in India earlier this month, according to Russia’s sovereign wealth fund. On Friday, the first injections were given in Hyderabad, in the center of the country. The second handover is expected “by the end of the week,” she said.
“Sputnik V is the first foreign-made vaccine to be used in India,” according to the RDIF. Before that, India only used vaccines from its country, namely Covishield and Covaxin. The fund confirms that India will become “the main production site for the vaccine.” Russia is said to have entered into agreements with Indian pharmaceutical companies to produce more than 850 million doses per year.
According to the RDIF, the Russian vaccine is currently permitted in 65 countries with populations of more than 3.2 billion. In addition, the developers have already concluded production agreements with a number of European countries, such as Hungary, Slovakia and Italy.
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