The backer of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine said Monday it had signed an agreement with an India-based pharmaceuticals giant for the production of up to 200 million doses of the jab a year.
The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), the country’s sovereign wealth fund, said in a statement it has partnered with the Virchow Group to produce up to 200 million doses of the two-dose vaccine in India every year.
Virchow Biotech, a subsidiary of the Virchow Group, is expected to start full-scale commercial production in the first half of 2021, it said.
RDIF CEO Kirill Dmitriev said the agreement was “an important step to facilitate the full-scale local production” of Sputnik V in India and to supply partners around the world.
Last week, the RDIF announced a production agreement for at least 200 million doses of Sputnik with another Indian drugmaker -- Stelis Biopharma.
According to RDIF, Russia’s vaccine, which is named after the Soviet-era satellite, has been registered in 54 countries.
Moscow registered the vaccine in August before large-scale clinical trials, but leading medical journal The Lancet has since said it is safe and over 90 percent effective.
Some Western countries have been wary of Sputnik over concerns the Kremlin is using it as a soft power tool to advance its interests.
India’s Serum Institute delays vaccine shipments to Brazil, Morocco, SaudiThe Serum Institute of India (SII) has told Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Morocco that further supplies of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine will be delayed ... Coronavirus
Indian drugmaker Stelis signs deal to produce 200 mln doses of Russia’s Sputnik VThe developer of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine said Friday it had signed a partnership with an India-based drugmaker for the production of ... Coronavirus
Philippines approves use of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine as COVID-19 cases spikeThe Philippines has approved Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, the country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Friday, ... Coronavirus