Drug firm Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories on Friday said as part of a limited pilot, the soft launch of the COVID vaccine Sputnik V has commenced and the first dose of the vaccine was administered in Hyderabad.
The imported doses of the vaccine will cost Rs 995.40 per shot, said the company’s partner in India Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories on Friday.
The price includes a GST of 5% on every dose.
However, the doses of the vaccine that will be made in India are expected to be cheaper.
“Further consignments of imported doses are expected over the upcoming months. Subsequently, supply of the Sputnik V vaccine will commence from Indian manufacturing partners,” said Dr. Reddy’s.
The company said it is working closely with its six manufacturing partners to fulfil regulatory requirements to ensure a smooth and timely supply.
The first dose of the vaccine was also administered in Hyderabad on Friday as part of a limited pilot and soft launch of Sputnik V in India.
The country is looking to produce 15.6 crore doses of the Russian Covid vaccine.
“Its production will begin in July and it is estimated that 15.6 crore doses will be manufactured in that period,” Paul said.
The first consignment of imported doses of the Sputnik V vaccine had landed in India on 1 May.