1 min read.Updated: 16 Jun 2021, 08:29 PM ISTLivemint
The vaccine production has been scaled up to many cities including Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai among others.
Dr Reddy's Laboratories (DRL) on Wednesday said that the soft launch of Sputnik V covid vaccine in India, which was initiated in Hyderabad, has been scaled up to many cities including Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai among others.
However, the registration of the covid vaccine doses on CoWIN portal has not been opened to public yet. It will be open at the time of commercial launch, the pharma company said as reported by news agency ANI.
The pilot launch is expected to help in terms of testing the logistics such as cold storage and other logistical arrangements before the commercial launch. People cannot register during this limited pilot phase, but the registration is expected to open up once the commercial launch takes place.
Dr Reddy’s Laboratories has partnered with Rockwell Industries for the latter’s covid-19 vaccine freezers to enable storage of Sputnik V vaccine across India. It had also signed another agreement to partner with Snowman Logistics for nationwide distribution of Sputnik V, which Dr Reddy’s plans to start doing later this month.
The company had launched the vaccine commercially in Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam on a pilot basis on 14 May but had not started distributing Sputnik V nationwide due to lack of doses and adequate cold storage infrastructure for the vaccine, which requires temperatures of -18 degree Celsius.
While Snowman will manage the delivery through five of its high-capacity temperature-controlled warehouses in Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, Kolkata, Chennai, and Bengaluru, Dr Reddy’s partnership with Rockwell will help the company get freezers for their storage.