The maiden batch of Sputnik V, the Russian Covid-19 vaccine, will be delivered to the country in April, Bala Venkatesh Varma, the Indian Ambassador to Russia has reportedly said.
Earlier, Roman Babushkin, Russian Deputy Envoy to India had stated that India’s approval for emergency use of the Sputnik vaccine will provide a new dimension in the India-Russia special partnership. “As far as Sputnik vaccine approval is concerned, this is a very significant step because it will open up a new dimension in our special privileged strategic partnership. It would definitely support efforts of vaccination in India,” Babushkin had said.
India is the 60th country to have authorised the use of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19. With this, Sputnik V has been approved in countries, totalling 3 billion or 40% of the global population.