MOSCOW: India will receive a first batch of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine ag inst Covid-19 on May 1, the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, Kirill Dmitriev, told Reuters on Monday.
He did not say how many vaccines would be in the first batch or where they would be made.
India, in the grip of a second wave of the pandemic, is struggling to tackle surging coronavir s infections that are overwhelming hospitals, and countries like Britain, Germany and the United States have pledged to send urgent medical aid.
“The first doses will be delivered on May 1,” Dmitriev said, adding he hoped Russian supplies would help India navigate its way out of the pandemic in time.
Russia’s RDIF sovereign wealth fund, which is marketing Sputnik V globally, has already signed agreements with five leading Indian manufacturers for over 850 million doses of the vaccine a year.
The RDIF has said it expects production of the vaccine in India to reach 50 million doses a month by the summer and to rise further.
The World Health Organization chief described the situation in the world’s second-most populous country as “beyond heartbreaking” as the WHO was planning to provide extra staff and supplies including oxygen con trator devices.
Russian pharmaceutical firm Pharmasyntez said earlier on Monday that it was ready to ship up to 1 million packs of the remdesivir antiviral drug to India by end-May, once it has received the approval of Russia’s go nment.
This is what you call a true friend
India the world savior has become a world beggar. So proud of Modi
Russia is a true friend!
Russia is an all weather friend for India and never decieces unlike America
Feku was talking about providing medical assistance to the world. Today even Pakistan and China are offering help other than the entire world to save us.
Russian are real friends and helps india when need but feku is busy in doing Tsha in US who have given him a big slap
Pappu paid trolls in full swing here.
Russia is eternal friend of India. And vice versa.
Sputnik V is a Russian vaccine being outsourced for manufacturing to Turkey – just like AstraZeneca outsourced covishield to Serum institute in India and Oxford – GAVI outsourced Covan to Bharat Biech – Turkey is not the pharmacy of the world and neither is india – both just assemble international brands of vaccine
Iran and Russia were kept away as India honeymooned with Trump.
The world largest producer of vaccine now goes around the world to shop for vaccine…. one month back we were exporting to other nations…. what happened to Made in india
Russia, Japan and France are turning out to be friends India can rely on in moments of crisis.
only vaccine in india one can Trust is Covishield. Russian vaccine didn’t work in any country and useless.
Russia is our real friend.
In 2020 we all joked on this vaccine and see today we will need to get help from them to get the same Vaccine. we get to know our friends in hour of need.
Russia is dependable friend.
India must remember the friends who are hel the country out in these cmitous times!
ha ha ha another fake vaccine after covan
Sputnik V is controlled by RDIF !! Very Fishy !!
Thank you Russia
India let the guard down a bit too soon.