India, May 1 -- The first consignment of 150,000 doses of Russia made Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik VREPLACED, the same day on which India began its third phase of Covid-19 vaccination to inoculate everyone above the age of 18 years.

"First batch of #SputnikV vaccine arrives in Hyderabad, India! That's the same day the country starts mass Covid vaccination drive covering its entire adult population. Let's jointly defeat this pandemic. Together we are stronger," Sputnik V, which claims to be the world's first Covid-19 vaccine with an efficacy of 91.6 per cent, developed by Gamaleya Institute tweeted.

The Drug Controller General (DCGI) last month granted permission to Dr Reddy's Laboratories for importing the Russian shot to India for emergenc...