COVID-19 Update: Russia’s Sputnik V Arrives In India As Phase 2 And 3 Trials Begin
The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) announced that the phase II and III clinical trials of Russia developed COVID-19 vaccine have begun in India.
On Tuesday 1 December 2020, the Russian Direct Investment Fund(RDIF) and Dr Reddy’s laboratories announced that the phase 2 and 3 clinical trials for the coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V have begun in India. The vaccines arrived in India last week and will be mass-produced. As per the reports, Hetero group based in Hyderabad has signed an agreement with the Russian Direct Investment Fund that over 100 million doses of Sputnik V per year will be produced in India. Read on to know the details.
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Russia became the first country to register the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine. According to the report, Russia plans to start producing the vaccine at the beginning of 2021. The CEO of RDIF also stated that India will get the vaccine on a priority basis. The Sputnik V was developed by the Gamaleya National Research Centre for Epidemiology and Microbiology of Russian Healthcare Ministry. Russia claimed that the vaccine is 92 per cent effective against the virus.
According to a news report, around 40,000 volunteers have taken part in the phase III trials of Sputnik V. Out of them around 22,000 volunteers were given the first dose while the rest of 19,000 volunteers received the first and second doses of the vaccine. Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Co-Chairman and Managing Director G V Prasad said, “We are working towards making the vaccine available with a combination of import and indigenous production model.”
The COVID-19 cases have declined significantly in India. However, the states that have a high number of infections are on high alert. To tackle this situation the Union Home Ministry has framed a set of rules and guidelines that need to be followed by the citizens. These guidelines came into effect from December 1 2020. As per the reports, a fine will be imposed if a citizen is caught without a mask or does not comply with the guidelines. Social distancing needs to be maintained and markets will be opened on alternate days. If the crowd is large in number, the markets will be asked to shut down. All the market places in containment zones will remain shut. Shop owners living in containment zones will be allowed to enter the market place.
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