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RDIF Working With 4 Partners in India on Russian COVID-19 Vaccine

© REUTERS / DANISH SIDDIQUIMedical workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) are seen inside an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for patients suffering from the coronavirus disease
Medical workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) are seen inside an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for patients suffering from the coronavirus disease - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia is working with four partners in India on the production of its COVID-19 vaccine, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) CEO Kirill Dmitriev said on Thursday.

"We are working now with four partners from India that we believe would be able to produce the Gamaleya Institute's vaccine," Dmitriev said. "We will hold clinical trials not only in Russia but in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and the Philippines, possibly either in Brazil or India or even in both. We plan to produce the vaccine in more than five countries".

© REUTERS / THE RUSSIAN DIRECT INVESTMENT FUA handout photo provided by the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) shows samples of a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, in Moscow, Russia August 6, 2020
RDIF Working With 4 Partners in India on Russian COVID-19 Vaccine - Sputnik International
A handout photo provided by the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) shows samples of a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, in Moscow, Russia August 6, 2020

Russia is gathering information about potential interest in the vaccine via its embassies.

"We have provided our embassies in different countries with the information about the phase I and II clinical trials and this information is subsequently forwarded to health ministries in other countries", Dmitriev said.

The Russian Health Ministry registered the world's first coronavirus vaccine, dubbed Sputnik V, on 11 August. The drug, tested on volunteers, is expected to provide immunity from the disease for at least two years. According to authorities, the country is capable of producing 500 million doses of the vaccine in the next 12 months, while a total of 1 billion doses have been requested by over 20 countries.

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