Clearance has been issued to the First Batch of Sputnik V vaccine manufactured in India. The clearance came from Central Drugs Laboratory(CDL), Kasauli.
Hetero Drugs is one of the companies manufacturing Sputnik V in India. It is a Hyderabad-based Pharma company. Six companies in India are manufacturing Sputnik V.
The Indian envoy to Russia had earlier said in May that of the total Sputnik V vaccines in the world, 65-70% would be India-made.
Indian envoy to Russia, Ambassador DB Venkatesh Varma announced in a media briefing in Russia that India will be producing 850 million doses of the Sputnik V vaccine.
The envoy interacted with journalists in St Petersburg on the Sputnik V vaccine, S-400 missiles, and also the prevailing Covid situation in India.
The envoy had also said that Russia has already supplied 1,50,000 doses plus 60,000 doses to India.
The envoy further elaborated, “Sputnik will be produced in India in three phases. First, supply from Russia – fully made – which has already started. Second, RDIF will send to India in bulk. It will be ready for use but it will have to be filled in various bottles in India.”
Speaking on the Sputnik Light single-shot vaccine, Varma said, “The Russian side has also proposed Sputnik Light. The regulatory approvals for that in India are still not completed. But once those regulatory approvals are given, Sputnik Light will be one more area of cooperation between India and Russia.”