Since the country has been facing a surge of newly infected cases, the government of India has opted for an aggressive vaccination process to prevent the third wave of COVID-19. Along with Covaxin and CoviShield vaccines, DCGI (Drugs Controller General of India) has permitted for emergency authorized utilization of the Russian vaccine for COVID-19 'Sputnik V'. Experts have verified its effectiveness and positive results as per The Lancet medical journal report.
About Sputnik V
Sputnik V is a Russian COVID-19 vaccine that was the first registered COVID-19 vaccine in the whole world. The DCGI allowed two COVID-19 vaccines i.e. Covaxin - Bharat Biotech and Covishield - Oxford AstraZeneca. Sputnik V is the third vaccine that has been granted approval & will be available in the hospitals for vaccination.
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How Reliable Is It?
The Sputnik V vaccine developers have claimed that it is 91.6% effective. The vaccine is injected intramuscularly in two different doses within the duration of 21 days.
As per the developers, some mild side effects of the vaccine may be observed in such as a fever, headache, and muscle pain, which has only affected 15% of the vaccine recipients.
Is It Effective Against Mutant Variants?
As per a Russian trial testing, the Sputnik V defends individuals against new mutations. Gamaleya Centre in Russia stated that the vaccination of Sputnik V is working effectively to combat mutant variants including the UK strain. However, it was found less effective with the South Africa variant relatively.
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How Does It Work?
Sputnik V is an adenovirus-viral vector vaccine that utilizes a modified version of coronavirus. It uses a cold-type virus, engineered to be harmless, as a carrier to deliver a small fragment of the coronavirus to the body. This is injected in our body to build an immune response against the virus in our body.
In A Nutshell
In order to prevent this pandemic from getting more intensive, to prevent the possibility of third wave and to give oneself protection against the virus, you should consider getting vaccinated as soon as possible. Follow safety guidelines to limit the risk of coronavirus spread. If you're not feeling well, don't take it lightly and consult with a doctor virtually (call/video/chat) on The Wellness Corner app. Find a vaccination slot near you and get vaccinated to stay safe and help the country to fight this pandemic.