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Sputnik version to combat Delta strain to be launched soon

This version of the vaccine - which will be provided as a "booster" shot - will be offered to other vaccine makers, according to the Russian Direct Investment Fund.

Gurgaon is India’s first district to administer Sputnik V at govt health centresAccording to officials, the vaccine, which was launched at the Polyclinic in Sector 31, has been provided by Doctors For You. (Representational Photo/Reuters)

Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology will “soon” make available a version of the Sputnik V vaccine that targets the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This version of the vaccine – which will be provided as a “booster” shot – will be offered to other vaccine makers, according to the Russian Direct Investment Fund.

“#SputnikV will soon offer a booster shot, adjusted to work against the Delta variant of coronavirus, first detected in India, to other vaccine manufacturers,” stated the official Twitter account for the Sputnik V vaccine on Thursday.

Neither the account, nor RDIF provided further information on the efficacy of this booster against the Delta variant, a potential timeline for availability or the manufacturers that would be offered the shots.

The Delta variant, also known as the B.1.617.2 strain of the coronavirus, has been declared a variant of concern both by India as well as the WHO.

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First published on: 18-06-2021 at 02:00:19 am
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