Covid-19 Vaccine: Apollo and Dr. Reddy’s announced their vaccination programs with Sputnik V, in collaboration. The first phase of vaccinations will start from Vishakhapatnam and Hyderabad on Monday and Tuesday on May 18th in the cities’ respective facilities.
Apollo Hospitals president K Hari Prasad said that the pilot programme will enable both Apollo and Dr. Reddy’s to test the arrangements for the cold chain supply logistics and preparations for the launch. He expressed confidence that the program will help India ease its burden of the second wave and ease accessibility to vaccines.
Since the opening up of vaccination programs by private sectors, both the firms have ramped up their efforts to vaccinate huge numbers of people as possible by opening up a network of vaccination centers all across the country. He also said that Apollo is in discussions with other corporates to conduct vaccination campaigns from their premises.
According to Prasad, Apollo offers to vaccinate people from 60 of their locations across the country in locations like Apollo Hospitals, Spectra and Clinics.
MV Ramana, CEO of Dr. Reddy’s – Branded Markets said that the two companies will soon expand their vaccination operations into other major cities of the country as well, like in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata and Pune. The current batch of Sputnik V vaccines is supplied by Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories and has imported 1.5 lakh doses so far.
In August 2020, Russia became the first nation to develop and inoculate its population with the Sputnik V vaccine. Dr. Reddy’s and Russian Direct Investment Fund partnered to test the vaccine in September 2020. The vaccine was first produced by Gamaleya National Research Institute of Epidemiology and Micro Biology.
Earlier this month, Dr. Reddy’s was given the emergency use authorization to use Sputnik V vaccine in India.