Russia in search of partnership with India for producing COVID-19 vaccine: RDIF CEO

New Delhi, August 20

Russia is in search of a partnership with India for producing COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V, Kirill Dmitriev, the CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), stated on Thursday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had introduced that his nation has developed the world’s first vaccine towards COVID-19, which works “quite effectively” and types a “stable immunity” towards the illness.

Sputnik V has been developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, together with the RDIF. The vaccine has not been examined in Phase three or bigger scientific trials.

Addressing a web-based press briefing, Dmitriev stated a number of nations have an interest within the manufacturing of the vaccine from nations in Latin America, Asia and the Middle East.

“The production of the vaccine is a very important issue. Currently, we are looking for a partnership with India. We believe that they are capable of producing the Gamaleya vaccine and it is very important to say that those partnerships to produce the vaccine will enable us to cover the demand that we have,” he stated.

Dmitriev stated Russia is wanting ahead to worldwide cooperation.

“We are going to do clinical trials not just in Russia but also in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, probably in Brazil and India. We are planning to produce the vaccine in more than five countries and there is a very high demand from Asia, Latin America, Italy and other parts of the world regarding the delivery of the vaccine,” he stated.

Alexander Gintsburg, the director of the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology and an academician on the Russian Academy of Sciences, stated greater than 20,000 individuals have taken half within the scientific trials of vaccines and medicines, based mostly on human adenoviruses or human adenoviral vectors.

“Vaccines do not contain live human adenoviruses, but human adenovirus vectors, that is, human viruses that cannot multiply in the body and are completely safe,” he stated.

The Sputnik V vaccine consists of two pictures that use completely different variations of adenoviruses—virus sorts, a few of which trigger the frequent chilly—that the producers have engineered to hold the gene for the floor protein of SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19.

“The approach of the Gamaleya Institute with the vaccine, using two human adenoviruses serotypes: number 5 (Ad5) and number 26 (Ad26), has a clear advantage over the one-vector approach used by other developers,” Gintsburg stated. — PTI

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