India has got its ninth Covid vaccine as the country’s drug regulator approved the use of Sputnik Light or the single dose regime of Sputnik V for use in the country.
Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said in a tweet on Sunday that the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) granted emergency use permission to single-dose Sputnik Light Covid-19 vaccine in India.
“This is the 9th #COVID19 vaccine in the country. This will further strengthen the nation’s collective fight against the pandemic,” the minister said in his tweet.
Dr Reddy’s Laboratories ( DRL) is the marketing partner for Sputnik vaccines from Russia here. There are several Indian manufacturing partners for the vaccine, including Serum Institute of India, Panacea Biotec and Hetero, among others.
Sputnik V is a heterogeneous vaccine that uses two different components in its two doses — Ad26 and Ad5. Sputnik Light is the first dose of Sputnik V.
So far, 1.2 million Sputnik V vaccines have been administered to Indians, according to Cowin data.
The vaccine is available in the private channel only, and the Centre has not procured it for free vaccination.
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