70% of Sputnik V production could soon be from India | India News
A health worker shows the vaccine against the Sputnik V Covid-19 coronavirus (AFP)
NEW DELHI: As India’s Ambassador to Russia, DB Venkatesh Varma, announced on Saturday that local production of the Sputnik V vaccine will begin in August, diplomatic sources here said the 2 countries were looking to manufacture between 35 and 40 million doses each month from August-September.
In elaborating the ambassador’s remarks, the sources said that Russia will also send about 18 million doses of Sputnik (3 million in May, 5 million next month and 10 million in July) before allowing technology transfer in August for the local production.
Overall, according to the ambassador, the agreement between Dr. Reddy and Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) will facilitate the manufacture of 850 million doses of the Sputnik vaccine in India.
“More than 65-70 percent of the Sputnik vaccine produced anywhere in the world will be from India,” Varma said in an interaction with local journalists during a visit to St. Petersburg.
He said the Russian side had also proposed Sputnik Light, a one-shot vaccine. “Regulatory approvals for that in India have yet to be completed. But once those regulatory approvals are given, then Sputnik light It will be one more area of cooperation between India and Russia, “he said.
Of the scheduled delivery of 3 million doses in May, Russia has so far provided 210,000 doses in 2 separate shipments. According to sources, Russia hopes to account for some of its vaccine commitments to other countries with large-scale production in India once the situation here eases. The double-dose Sputnik vaccine has so far been approved by 65 countries.
With an efficacy of 97.6%, the vaccine is expected to play an important role in streamlining India’s vaccination program. According to RDIF, the efficacy is based on the analysis of data on the rate of coronavirus infection among those vaccinated in Russia with both components of Sputnik V from December 5, 2020 to March 31, 2021. Efficacy is said to Sputnik Light is 79.4 percent, based on analysis of data on the coronavirus infection rate among those in Russia who were vaccinated with the single-dose vaccine from December 5, 2020 to April 15, 2021.
According to TASS The India news agency is also working to provide Russia with a sample of the Indian variant of Covid-19 that originated in India for investigation.
“The request has been received by the Indian side. The Indian authorities are working on that,” Varma was quoted as saying.