Russian-made Covid vaccine Sputnik V, the third vaccine to be approved by India, will be manufactured by five pharma firms in the country and 850 million doses are going to be produced annually. However, limited doses are going to be available by the end of April.
"We believe that first doses will be delivered by the end of April or may be more realistically early May, but definitely in May India will be receiving the doses. And as you know, we have five great manufacturers in India who will be producing doses as well, so we see May as the time when Sputnik will be launched in India. But it will take couple of months to really ramp up production capacities. So, we believe by June we will really be at good production capacity in India and will become a very meaningful player in vaccination programme in India. But before that we will be supplying doses, but will have a much smaller market share," Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, told NDTV.