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RDIF, Virchow Biotech ink pact to produce Sputnik V vaccine in India

IBEF:  March 23, 2021

Virchow Biotech, based in Hyderabad, and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) announced a collaboration on Monday to manufacture up to 200 million doses of the Sputnik V vaccine in India.

According to a joint statement from RDIF and Virchow Biotech, the technology transfer is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2021, followed by full-scale commercial production of Sputnik V. Virchow Biotech's capabilities would enable the global supply of Sputnik V to RDIF's international partners.

RDIF CEO, Mr. Kirill Dmitriev said, “The deal with Virchow Biotech is a significant step toward enabling full-scale domestic manufacturing of the vaccine in India and supplying our global partners.”

The efficacy of Sputnik V is 91.6%, as reported by data published in the Lancet.

Virchow Biotech MD, Mr. Tummuru Murali said, “We are delighted to have signed a collaboration agreement with RDIF to manufacture the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. Virchow's demonstrated capabilities in large-scale drug substance production should help achieve the vaccine's global demand.”

On March 19, 2021, RDIF and India's Stelis Biopharma announced a collaboration to manufacture and supply a minimum of 200 million doses of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine.

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