The Sputnik V vaccine will be available in India as soon as it gets a go-ahead by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI).  The center approved emergency use of the Russian COVID-19 vaccine on Monday.  The news comes on a day when India recorded 1,68,912 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day rise. 

The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) on Monday took up the application of Dr Reddy’s Laboratories seeking emergency use authorization for Sputnik V. Dr Reddy's Laboratories, a Hyderabad-based company, is expecting to activate the use of Sputnik V by June 2021.

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After Covishield and Covaxin, this will become the third Covid-19 vaccine to be used in the country.

Registering a steady increase for the 33rd day in row, the active cases have increased to 12,01,009 comprising 8.88% of the total infections, while the recovery rate has further dropped to 89.86%. The national COVID-19 recovery rate has fallen below 90%.

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India has vaccinated 10.45 crore people according to data published by the Union health ministry on Monday. The government has declared a vaccine festival from April 11 to April 14. On Day 1 of Tika Utsav, the government said 30 lakh doses were administered.

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