India will begin receiving Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine by the end of May, its local distributor, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, told Reuters on Thursday, a later-than-expected schedule that could slow the country’s vaccination campaign .
“We aim to import the first batches by the first (fiscal) quarter, and do our best to have them by the end of May,” a spokesperson for Dr Reddy told Reuters.
“Sputnik is going to be made in India in a few months. We expect the vaccine made in India to be available from the second quarter of the fiscal year.”
India’s ambassador to Moscow said last week that deliveries of Sputnik V to the country should begin this month, TASS news agency reported.
India on Thursday recorded the world’s highest daily count of 314,835 new COVID-19 infections, as a second wave of the pandemic raised new concerns about the ability of crumbling health services to cope .
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