India on Sunday accepted the second consignment of Sputnik V, the Russian vaccine that recently joined the country’s weaponry against COVID-19. Company's Tweet “The second batch of Sputnik V arrives in Hyderabad, India!,” the vaccine creators tweeted. Russia’s Ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev said in a tweet: “Given the recent launch of the Russian vaccine in the Indian vaccination campaign, this second delivery has become timely.” Describing Sputnik V as a Russian-Indian vaccine, he said, “We expect that its production in India will be gradually increased up to 850 million doses per year... There are plans to introduce single-dose vaccine soon in India-Sputnik Lite.” Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, the marketing supporter of Sputnik V in India, tweeted that “the consignment that arrived today in Hyderabad contains 60,000 doses of the second dose component of the #SputnikV vaccine. Samples from the consignment will be sent for release to the Central Drugs Laboratory.” The first consignment, comprising 1.5 lakh doses reached Hyderabad on May 1, was cleared for use on May 13 by the Central Drugs Laboratory in Kasauli. Samples received from all consignments would be sent to the central facility in Himachal Pradesh and the vaccine used on getting clearance. Dr. Reddy’s CEO-API and Services Deepak Sapra said this at a media briefing on May 14, following the soft launch of the vaccine by the company as part of a restricted pilot. The first dose was supervised in Hyderabad. Price of the Vaccine The maximum retail price of the vaccine is ₹995, including a 5% GST. The company said this was the rate at which it would supply the vaccine to the government and private sector.