The production of Russia's coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V in India is supposed to come fully on stream in September, the Russian Direct Investment Fund notified on Saturday.
"Production in India is expected to come fully onstream in September and RDIF expects India to become a major production hub for the Sputnik V vaccine with such companies as Serum Institute of India, the world's biggest vaccine producer, Gland Pharma, Hetero Biopharma, Panacea Biotec, Stelis Biopharma, Virchow Biotech and Morepen Laboratories working to produce the vaccine," a statement issued by RDIF read.
Concerning the delay in manufacturing second component batches, they said, "Reports about Sputnik V second component production delays in India based on anonymous sources are incorrect. Many RDIF partners in India have already produced the second component batches, which are undergoing verification at the Gamaleya Center in Russia. Transfer of technology to partners in India is also in process and there is an active exchange between Russian and Indian vaccine production specialists."
Further describing it said, "RDIF plans to accelerate Sputnik V and Sputnik Light deliveries to India already in August." Earlier, Dr. Reddy's said due to the spike of COVID-19 cases in Russia, the arrival of the Sputnik V dose is getting delayed and the situation may ease by August end.