New Delhi: Drug firm Dr Reddy’s Laboratories on Friday said as part of a limited pilot, the soft launch of the COVID vaccine Sputnik V has commenced and the first dose of the vaccine was administered in India. Deepak Sapra, Global Head of Custom Pharma Services at Dr Reddy’s Laboratories received the first jab of the vaccine in Hyderabad.Also Read - Hyderabad Woman Repeatedly Stabbed on Busy Road; Video Goes Viral

The first consignment of imported doses of the Sputnik V vaccine landed in India on May 1, and received regulatory clearance from the Central Drugs Laboratory, Kasauli, on May 13, 2021, it added. “Further consignments of imported doses are expected over the upcoming months. Subsequently, supply of the Sputnik V vaccine will commence from Indian manufacturing partners,” it added. Also Read - Hyderabad's Fish Prasadam Cancelled For Third Time in Row

The imported doses of the vaccine are presently priced at a maximum retail price of Rs 948, with 5 per cent GST per dose, with the possibility of a lower price point when local supply begins, it added. Also Read - PM Modi In Hyderabad Today, Traffic Restrictions Announced In Parts Of City; Know Routes To Avoid

(With inputs from PTI)