The maker of coronavirus vaccine from Russia, Sputnik V announced that India-based drugmaker Hetero will produce more than 100 million doses of the jab.
The announcement by one of the developers of Russia’s held on Friday, November 27, 2020.
As cited News24xx.com from TOI, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said in a statement that production was expected to start in early 2021.
As information, Hetero is one of India’s leading generic pharmaceutical companies.
“It 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.”
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.
Russia also announced the Sputnik V vaccine will be priced at USD 10 per dose on international markets, costing less than some other registered COVID-19 vaccines.
Russia was the first country to announce the registration of a coronavirus vaccine in August – dubbed Sputnik V after the Soviet-era satellite – but did so ahead of large scale clinical trials.
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.
Third phase trials are also underway in the ex-Soviet republic of Belarus, the UAE, and Venezuela among other countries.
Apart from India, the RDIF says Sputnik V will also be produced in Brazil, China, and South Korea.