Russia says India to produce 100 million doses of Sputnik vaccine
"Hetero, one of India's leading generic pharmaceutical companies, have agreed to produce in India over 100 million doses per year of the world's first registered vaccine against the novel coronavirus infection -– Sputnik V," the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said in a statement, adding that production was expected to start in early 2021.
Earlier this week, Russia said interim results from the Sputnik V clinical trials showed the vaccine was 95 percent effective, similar to other international vaccine makers that have also published test results showing efficacy rates of 90 percent and higher.
Currently, the third and final phase of trials is underway, with some 40,000 volunteers involved in blind testing of the vaccine that uses two different human adenovirus vectors.
According to Friday's statement, their use "allows for a stronger and longer-term immune response" compared to vaccines that use the same vector in both its doses.
Third phase trials are also underway in the ex-Soviet republic of Belarus, the UAE and Venezuela among other countries.
"I am confident that Sputnik V should become an integral part of the national vaccine portfolio of every country willing to protect its population from the coronavirus," RDIF head Kirill Dmitriyev was quoted as saying in Friday's statement.