DCGI grants permission to Sputnik Light against Covid-19 in India

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The single-use Sputnik Light Covid-19 vaccine, made by Hyderabad-based Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd, has been awarded Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Drugs Controller General (India). This is the country’s ninth Covid-19 vaccination approval.

Announcing the approval, Union health minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya said, “This will further strengthen the nation’s collective fight against the pandemic.”

Sputnik Light is a one-dose vaccine that contains the same initial component as the two-dose Sputnik V vaccine recombinant human adenovirus serotype number 26 (rAd26). Dr. Reddy had filed its application for approval to the DCGI in December 2021, along with results from a clinical trial in Russia, after its Phase III clinical trial of the single-shot Sputnik Light vaccine in India.

The standalone Sputnik Light vaccine was the most recent vaccine licensed by the DCGI as part of India’s nationwide Covid-19 vaccination initiative. According to Dr. Reddy, Sputnik Light is the company’s second Covid-19 vaccine to be made accessible in India, reinforcing the company’s commitment to investigating every avenue in the battle against the pandemic.

Argentina, the United Arab Emirates, the Philippines, and Russia are among the nations that have accepted Sputnik Light. According to a press release from Dr. Reddy’s, an independent comparative study conducted by the Spallanzani Institute in Italy earlier this year found that Sputnik V provides strong protection against the Omicron variant, with over two times higher virus-neutralizing activity than the Pfizer vaccine.

The findings back up the Gamaleya Center’s recent laboratory investigation, which found that Sputnik V causes a strong neutralizing antibody response to the Omicron version, which is boosted by Sputnik Light.

Dr. Reddy’s teamed with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) in September 2020 to perform clinical trials and distribute Sputnik V in India. The DCGI approved the two-dose Sputnik V vaccination for limited use in an emergency circumstance in India in April 2021.

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