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Exclusive: India to get Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine only by end-May

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India will start receiving Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine by the end-May, its local distributor Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories told Reuters on Thursday, a later than an expected schedule that would slow the country’s immunisation drive.

“We are targeting to possess the primary batches imported by (fiscal) Q1, and try our greatest to possess them by end-May,” Dr. Reddy’s spokesman told Reuters.

“Sputnik goes to be made in India during a few months. We expect the India-made vaccine to start out being available from the second quarter of the fiscal (year).

“India’s ambassador to Moscow said last week deliveries of Sputnik V to the country were expected to start this month, the TASS press agency reported.

India recorded the world’s highest daily tally of 314,835 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday as a second wave of the pandemic raised new fears about the power of crumbling health services to cope.

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