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Russian ‘Sputnik V’ to cost less than Rs 700 in India

The head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, Krill Dmitriev on Tuesday announced that the cost of one dose of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine for international markets will be less than $10 (less than Rs 700).

The Sputnik V is a two-dose vaccination which means that the total cost for two-shot course will be around 1,400 INR. However, the vaccine will be provided free of charge to the Russian citizens.

The first international deliveries of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine will be made to customers in January 2021 based on the existing partnerships with foreign manufacturers. Those customers, who have recently submitted their requests, will be able to receive the first batches of the vaccine starting from March 2021.

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The second interim analysis of clinical trial data showed a 91.4% efficacy for the Sputnik V vaccine on day 28 after the first dose; vaccine efficacy is over 95 per cent 42 days after the first dose, said its makers Gamaleya Institute.  

The Sputnik V vaccine is based on a human adenoviral vector platform that has seen more than 250 clinical trials globally conducted during the past two decades. The Russian vaccine uses two different human adenoviral vectors which allows for a stronger and longer-term immune response as compared to the vaccines using one and the same vector for two doses.

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