Govt expects single-dose sputnik light vaccines to come soon in India
Sources said that applications for regulatory approval for Sputnik Lite are expected to be filed within the next few weeks and could become a single-dose vaccine found in India. There has been a high level of interaction between top government officials in recent times to increase the domestic availability of Kovid-19 vaccines.
In a meeting chaired by the Cabinet Secretary last week, it was advised to hold a meeting with all the stakeholders concerned to speed up the process of regulatory approval for Sputnik Lite. These stakeholders will include the Secretary of the Department of Biotechnology, the Controller General of Indian Medicine (DCGI), the representative of the Ministry of External Affairs, the officials of the Union Ministry of Health, the RDIF (Russian Direct Investment Fund) and the domestic manufacturers.
Sources familiar with the case said the issue of the importance of the recombinant adenovirus type-5 (RAD-5) component used in the second dose of the existing two-dose approved Sputnik-V vaccine, along with a single dose of Sputnik. would also be unnecessary. Manufacturers are uneasy about the production of this component.
It was discussed in the meeting about Sputnik Light that Russia has already approved this vaccine and its testing is going on in many other countries.
The DGCI told the rest of the participants that applications are expected to be submitted for regulatory approval for Sputnik Light within the next two to three weeks.
The meeting also stated that six lakh imported dual doses of Sputnik-V will be available in May 2021, one crore doses in June and a total of 28 million doses (2.4 million imported and 40 lakh manufactured in India) in July.
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