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We hope to expand cooperation with India to contain Covid-19: Russia | India News


NEW DELHI: When the first batch of 150,000 doses of the Russian-made Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine arrived in India, Russia said on Saturday that it hoped to further expand bilateral and multilateral cooperation with New Delhi to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
Russian Ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev said that the efficacy of Sputnik V is among the highest in the world and that the vaccine will also be effective against new strains of Covid-19.
“As Russia and India continue dedicated joint efforts to combat Covid19, this measure is especially important to support the Indian government’s efforts to mitigate the deadly second wave and save lives,” he said.
“The efficacy of Sputnik V is among the highest in the world and this vaccine will also be effective against new strains of Covid-19,” he added.
Kudashev said that production of the Sputnik V vaccine in India will start soon and that the plan is to gradually increase production to 850 million doses per year.
“We look forward to further expanding our bilateral and multilateral cooperation with India to stop the pandemic,” he said.
The first shipment of doses of Sputnik V landed in Hyderabad from Russia on Saturday.
Leading pharmaceutical company, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, has partnered with Russia’s Direct Investment Fund for the procurement and production of the vaccine in India.
On Thursday, Russia delivered to India 20 tons of medical supplies comprising mainly oxygen concentrators, ventilators and medicines as part of its assistance to help the country deal with the second wave of the pandemic that gripped several states and territories of the Union.
The medical supplies were brought to Delhi on two transport planes operated by Russia’s EMERCOM, a state agency that oversees civilian emergency services.
The relief materials were delivered a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a phone conversation focused on ways to contain the pandemic. PTI MPB
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