Sputnik Light Vaccine: The government has allowed the export of domestically manufactured Russian single-dose anti-Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik Lite. This vaccine has not yet been approved for emergency use in India. Sources gave this information on Sunday. Sources familiar with the development said that Indian pharmaceutical company Hetero Biopharma Ltd has been given permission to export 4 million doses of Sputnik Lite to Russia.
Emergency use of Sputnik V was allowed in April
Sputnik Lite is similar to component-1 of Russian vaccine Sputnik V. India’s drug regulator approved the emergency use of Sputnik V in April, which has since been used in India’s anti-COVID-19 vaccination program.
Govt allows export of 40 lakh doses of COVID vaccine Sputnik Light manufactured in India by Hetero Biopharma to Russia
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) October 10, 2021
Decision taken after deliberation
Russian Ambassador Nikolay Kudshev has urged the Indian government to allow export of Sputnik Lite produced by Hetero Biopharma to Russia until the vaccine is approved for emergency use by the drug regulator in India. A source said, “The government has allowed Indian pharmaceutical company Hetero Biopharma to export 4 million doses of Sputnik Lite to Russia. The decision was taken this week after detailed deliberations.
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