RDIF, Hetero to produce over 100 million doses of Sputnik V vaccine in India, Health News, ET HealthWorld

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RDIF, Hetero to produce over 100 million doses of Sputnik V vaccine in IndiaRussia’s sovereign wealth fund RDIF on Friday announced their agreement with Hetero Pharma to produce over 100 million doses per year of Sputnik V vaccine in India.

According to the second interim data analysis by Gamaleya Center and RDIF on November 24, the Sputnik V vaccine demonstrated a 91.4% efficacy rate in the evaluation carried out 28 days after administering the first dose.

“We are delighted to announce the agreement between RDIF and Hetero that will pave the way to the production of the safe and highly effective Sputnik V vaccine on Indian soil. The vaccine’s interim clinical trial results show 95% efficacy on the 42nd day after the first dose. 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. Thanks to our cooperation with Hetero, we will be able to significantly increase production capacity and provide people of India with an efficient solution in this challenging period of the pandemic,” said Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund.

The uniqueness of the Russian vaccine lies in the use of two different vectors based on the human adenovirus, which the makers claim, allows for a stronger and longer-term immune response.

Currently, Phase III clinical trials are approved and are ongoing in Belarus, the UAE, Venezuela and other countries, as well as Phase II-III in India.

The parties intend to start the production of Sputnik V in the beginning of 2021.

“We are pleased to collaborate with RDIF as a manufacturing partner for the most anticipated Sputnik V vaccine for the treatment of Covid-19. While we look forward to the clinical trial results in India, we believe that manufacturing the product locally is crucial to enable swift access to patients,” B. Murali Krishna Reddy, Director – International Marketing, Hetero Labs Limited said.

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