Russia plans COVID-19 vaccine output at 6 mln doses a month -RIA

Monday, 2020-08-24 11:03:10
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Russia has received requests for up to a billion doses of the vaccine from around the world and has capacity to produce 500 million doses per year via manufacturing partnerships, said Kirill Dmitriev, head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF).
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Russia expects to produce between 1.5 million and 2 million doses per month of its potential COVID-19 vaccine by the year end, gradually ramping up production to 6 million doses a month, the RIA news agency cited industry minister Denis Manturov as saying on August 23.

Large-scale testing of the vaccine, developed by Moscow's Gamaleya institute, is due to start in Russia this week.

The vaccine, called “Sputnik V” in homage to the world’s first satellite launched by the Soviet Union, has already received approval from domestic regulators, leading President Vladimir Putin and other officials to name Russia the first country to license a COVID-19 vaccine.