India to receive COVID-19 vaccine shots by end of May

India will begin receiving the Sputnik V COVID-19 Russian vaccine by the end of May, its local distributor Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories told Reuters on Thursday, a later-than-expected schedule that could slow down the country’s immunization drive.

“We are targeting the first batches to be imported by (fiscal) Q1, and we are trying our best to get them by the end of May,” said a spokeswoman. Reddy told Reuters.

“Sputnik will be made in India in a few months. We expect the vaccine made in India to start being available from the second quarter of the financial year.”

India’s ambassador to Moscow said last week that Sputnik V deliveries to the country were expected to start this month, TASS news agency reported.

India recorded the world’s highest daily count of 314,835 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday as a second wave of the pandemic raises new fears about the resilience of decaying health services.

This story was published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the heading has been changed.

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