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India begins vaccination with Russian Sputnik in.

India begins vaccination with Russian Sputnik in.

India begins vaccination with Russian Sputnik in.

India has now begun vaccinating it with the Russian-made covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V. The vaccine, which Indian authorities gave the green light at the end of April, is the first foreign vaccine to be used in the country.

A $ 1 million residency in the Indian city of Hyderabad will be awarded the first doses of Sputnik V. Stock Photography.picture: Aaron Favela / AP / TT

150,000 doses of the Russian vaccine arrived in India earlier in May.

The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RFPI) wrote regarding the launch of the vaccine: “Russia is ready to support our partners in India in order to launch Sputnik V on a large scale as soon as possible.”

In the future, the ambitions are for the Russian vaccine to be produced in India, and more than 850 million Sputnik doses will be produced annually.

At present, India is using the Astra Zeneca vaccine, which is manufactured in factories by the Indian Serum Institute, as well as the Covaxin vaccine developed by India from the pharmaceutical company Bharat Biotech.

But the vaccination program is slow – so far only more than three percent of the country’s population has received an injection.

Since March of this year, India has seen a devastating rise in infections. In recent days, more than 100 corpses have been washed on the banks of the Ganges – people feared to die in the epidemic.

So far, there are more than 260,000 reported deaths in the country, and experts fear the actual number could be much higher.

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