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An imported dose of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine will cost Rs.995.40 in India, Dr Reddy's Laboratories, which is manufacturing the vaccine in India, said today. Sputnik V, which has an efficiency of 91.6 per cent, is the third vaccine to be approved for use in India. The first dose of the vaccine was administered in Hyderabad today as part of a soft launch by Dr Reddy's.

The price of the imported doses will include five percent GST per dose. Doses of Sputnik V which are made in India, however, are likely to be cheaper. The vaccine is likely to be available in the market from next week, the Centre had said on Thursday as the vaccine shortage in various states deepened and restrictions were brought in for vaccination.

The first consignment of imported doses of the Sputnik V vaccine landed in India on May 1, after it was cleared for emergency use in India on April 13. "Further consignments of imported doses are expected over the upcoming months. Subsequently, supply of the Sputnik V vaccine will commence from Indian manufacturing partners," Dr Reddy's said.

At 91.6 per cent, Sputnik V has a higher efficacy compared to the two Covid vaccines that are currently being administered in India: Oxford-AstraZeneca's Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, and Bharat Biotech's Covaxin.

Sputnik V is one of only three vaccines in the world with such a high efficacy rate, after Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. The Sputnik vaccine is available in both liquid and powder form. The liquid form needs to be stored at minus 18 degrees. For the powder form - which can be kept between two and eight degrees, stability tests are ongoing.

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