Now, Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine to be available in Mumbai, Delhi and 7 more cities across India
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Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine will be available in nine more cities across India, the company said in a tweet on Thursday. The cities where the vaccines will be available are Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Visakhapatnam, Baddi, Kolhapur, and Miryalaguda.

"The #SputnikV vaccine will be available in 9 more cities across India, including Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai, Visakhapatnam, Baddi, Kolhapur and Miryalaguda," Sputnik V tweeted.

The Russian vaccine's local distribution partner Dr Reddy's had also issued a statement on Wednesday saying that the project launch of Russian Covid vaccine Sputnik V has now been extended to nine other cities. Initially, it was launched only in Hyderabad.

Presently it being a limited pilot phase, registration on CoWIN is not open for the public and will become open once the commercial launch is commenced, a press release from Dr Reddy's said on Wednesday.

The limited pilot soft-launch of the Sputnik V vaccine in India that was initiated by Dr Reddy's Laboratories in Hyderabad on May 14 has now been successfully scaled up to other cities such as Visakhapatnam, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi, Baddi, Chennai, Miryalaguda and Kolhapur with more cities to follow in the next few days, Dr Reddy's said in an update.

Dr Reddy's Laboratories is in a pact with Russian Direct Investment Fund to sell the first 125 million people doses (250 million vials) of SputnikVin India.

The Indian drug-maker recently received nearly three million doses of Sputnik V.

The pilot has allowed Dr Reddy's to test the cold storage arrangements of -18C temperature in the cities, CoWIN integration, track and trace and other logistical arrangements ahead of the commercial launch, the release said. The limited pilot phase is currently in its final leg as we gear up to ensure a smooth commercial launch, it said.

Adequate number of cold chain units is being deployed and the last mail arrangement is being validated at every partner hospital to ensure seamless storage and handling of the vaccine, Dr Reddy's said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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