Delhi Chief Minister on Saturday said that he had written to Dr. Reddy’s laboratories for the supply of around 67 lakh doses of Covid vaccine, Sputnik V.
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories has tied up with Sputnik for its manufacturing in India. It launched the Russian vaccine on Friday.
Kejriwal’s announcement came amid the vaccine shortage faced by Delhi. The Deputy Minister, Manish Sisodia had earlier made a claim that Bharat Biotech, Covaxin manufacturer had refused to provide additional doses of its vaccine to the national capital.
In a press conference, Kejriwal told the reporters that his government has asked for 67 lakh doses each of Covishield and Covaxin and written to Dr. Reddy’s for nearly the same quantity of Sputnik vaccine. Although the response from Dr. Reddy’s is awaited.
Meanwhile, the second consignment of Covid vaccine Sputnik V arrived in India on early Sunday. It is the third vaccine approved in the country after Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and Serum Institute of India’s Covishield.
On May 14, Dr. Reddy’s launched the Sputnik V vaccine in the Indian market, and the first dose was administered in Hyderabad on the same day. On Friday, the company announced the price of the imported vaccine at a maximum retail price of Rs.995.4 including 5 percent GST per dose. It is yet to be widely available in the country.
Talking to reporters, Kejriwal expressed hope that the vaccination program in India will increase its pace with the large availability of jabs.
According to a published article in the medical journal Lancet, Sputnik V’s efficacy was determined to be 91.6 percent. It used two different vectors for the two shots in a complete course of vaccination.
Manish Sisodia alleged the BJP ruled Centre for forcing the States to compete and fight in the international market for vaccines. He also announced that the AAP party government in Delhi would drift a global tender for obtaining coronavirus vaccines.
Delhi recorded a number of 6500 infections in the last 24 hours, which is the lowest in over a month. India registered 3.11 lakh cases on Saturday, taking the overall caseload to 2.46 crore. The death count was 4,077 taking the total tally to 2.7 lakh.