08:58 GMT28 November 2020
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    SKOLKOVO, Russia (Sputnik) - Russia is expected to boost its monthly coronavirus vaccine production to 1.5 million doses in December, 3-3.5 million doses in January and up to 15 million doses in the spring, Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said on Wednesday.

    "We plan to produce 800,000 doses in November, 1.5 million doses in December, 3-3.5 million doses in January, and then the several-fold growth will follow. We will be capable of producing 15 million doses monthly in the spring of the next year", Manturov said, specifying he was talking about the Sputnik V vaccine.

    Earlier in the day, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said that four companies are currently working on the coronavirus vaccine production in Russia.

    In August, Russia registered the first coronavirus vaccine in the world, dubbed Sputnik V and developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology.

    In addition to that, the State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology Vector, and Chumakov Federal Scientific Center for Research and Development of Immune and Biological Products are now working on vaccines against COVID-19, the health minister told the Russian lower chamber's commission for health protection.

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