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Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine Gets Approval for Emergency Use in India

  • Dr. Reddy’s Phase 2 trials had found the vaccine to be safe
  • Russia has tied up at least four other Indian vaccine makers
Boxes of Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccines.
Boxes of Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccines.Photographer: Asim Hafeez/Bloomberg

India granted emergency use approval to Russia’s highly effective Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, making it the third such shot approved by the nation as it races to contain an escalating health crisis amid a record daily surge in infections.

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd., the Indian drugmaker that has partnered with Russia to supply this vaccine, has received the regulatory approval, a person familiar with the matter said, who asked not to be identified as they’re not authorized to speak publicly. A spokesperson for Dr. Reddy’s did not immediately respond to a query while V. G. Somani, the drug controller general of India, could not be reached for a comment.