India’s Dr Reddy’s Lab to get 100 million doses of Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine after regulatory approval

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  • Russia is likely to sell 100 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine — Sputnik-V — to Indian pharmaceutical Dr Reddy’s Laboratories
  • According to the Russian Direct Investment Fund, the deliveries can begin in the late 2020.
  • Sputnik V is under Phase III trials in Russia. Gamaleya Research Institute — a part of Russia’s Health Ministry — is testing the vaccine on over 40,000 people.
Russia is likely to sell 100 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine — Sputnik-V — to Indian pharmaceutical Dr Reddy’s Laboratories as soon as it receives regulatory approval in India, reported Reuters.

"On regulatory approval in India, RDIF (Russian Direct Investment Fund) shall supply to Dr Reddy's 100 million doses of the vaccine. The Sputnik V vaccine, which is based on well-studied human adenoviral vector platform with proven safety, is undergoing clinical trials for the coronavirus pandemic," said a statement from the fund.

The development comes after the Russian government sought India’s help, earlier this month, in manufacturing the Sputnik V vaccine and also to conduct Phase III trials in India.

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According to the Russian Direct Investment Fund, the deliveries can begin in the late 2020.

"The agreement between RDIF and Dr Reddy's reflects the growing awareness of countries and organisations to have a diversified anti-COVID vaccine portfolio to protect their populations," RDIF added.

Sputnik V is under Phase III trials in Russia. Gamaleya Research Institute — a part of Russia’s Health Ministry — is testing the vaccine on over 40,000 people.

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