The government has allowed the export of domestically manufactured Russian single-dose Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik Lite here. This vaccine has not yet been approved for emergency use in India. Sources gave this information on Sunday.
Sources close to the development said Indian pharmaceutical company Hetero Biopharma Ltd has been given permission to export 4 million doses of Sputnik Lite to Russia.
Sputnik Light is similar to component-1 of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V. India’s drug regulator approved the emergency use of Sputnik V in April. Since then it is being used in the Anti-Covid-19 Vaccination Program in India.
In India, Hetero Biopharma manufactures Sputnik Light. Russian Ambassador Nikolay Kudshev has urged the Indian government to allow export of Sputnik Lite to Russia until the vaccine receives emergency approval from 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.