New Delhi: The Centre has given approval for Sputnik Light to be used as a booster dose. Nearly 650,000 people who took the first dose of Sputnik V will now be able to access the vaccine. The doses will be available at private vaccination centres, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.
“Details should be firmed-up soon, and the process should also begin at the earliest to ensure that people who have taken Sputnik V will get their booster dose,” the officials said.
Pharma company Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, has all the rights to market and distribute the Russian anti-Covid vaccine in India. It has started discussions with the manufacturing partners, hospitals, and also with the government to make the option available on the CoWIN platform.
The company is working with their manufacturing partners in India. “This week, component 1 of Sputnik V (or Sputnik Light) was approved for administration at private centres as the precaution dose for those who received Sputnik V as their primary vaccine. Having now received official confirmation of the approval, we are working with manufacturing partners in India…,” said Dr Reddy’s statement.
Officials said that last year, the initial doses landed from Russia but for booster doses, Indian manufacturers that Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has partnered with will be asked to produce the requisite doses. The volume isn’t huge; therefore all might not be asked to manufacture.