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HYDERABAD: The first lot of 1.5 lakh doses of Russian Covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, flew into Hyderabad from Russia on Saturday, a day when India threw open its vaccination drive to all citizens over 18 years of age.
Sources, however, said that it is unlikely to be deployed before mid-May. “Unless they give an exemption (from testing), it will take about two weeks for rollout. If exempted, the rollout could happen within a week,” sources told TOI. The testing must be done at the Central Drugs Laboratory at Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh.
Dr Reddy’s Laboratories also indicated as much in a statement issued by its CEO (API& Services) Deepak Sapra. It said: “The rollout of the consignment will be subject to the necessary clearances, which will be processed over the next few days”.
Sources also pointed out the consignment contains only first dose of Sputnik V. The second dose is expected to arrive later this month. “Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) wanted to make a statement by sending first lot of Sputnik V on May 1, the day the vaccination drive opened up for all adults,” said a source. “From May 20 onwards, we will start getting consignments of Sputnik V every week.”
Sources added the first shipment will be used by Dr Reddy’s to test out the cold chain, both in rural and urban settings. “This initial quantity will be used across different channels as a pilot to line up our supply chain for the larger vaccination programme rollout. Subsequent consignments will arrive in the next few weeks,” said Sapra in his statement. Dr Reddy’s has not yet announced the pricing for the vaccine, which has a global uniform price of $10 per dose. STOI has learnt that the cost of shipment of these doses, which is in the frozen form, could cost around $10 per dose.

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