The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) announced that the World's first COVID-19 vaccine to be registered, Russia's Sputnik V will cost less than $10 for international markets starting from February 2021. However, being a two-dose vaccine, the total amount comes at less than $20 globally. Also, for Russian people, the vaccine will be free of charge.
The CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, Kiril Dmitriev, said, "The Gamaleya center has developed one of the most efficient vaccines against coronavirus in the world with an efficacy rate of more than 90% and a price that is two times lower than that of other vaccines with similar efficacy rate.The uniqueness of the Russian vaccine lies in the use of two different human adenoviral vectors which allows for a stronger and longer term immune response as compared to the vaccines using one and the same vector for two doses. We are ready to start deliveries of the Sputnik V vaccine to foreign markets thanks to partnerships with manufacturers in India, Brazil, South Korea, China and four other countries".
The statement revealed that RDIF and their partners have started production of the lyophilised (dry) form of the vaccine, which is stored at the temperature of +2 to +8 degrees Celsius.
Such a system enables the distribution in international markets. It will further help in expanding its usage in hard-to-reach regions, also in areas with tropical climates. As per the current agreement, beginning from the year 2021, the vaccine can be produced for 500 million people per year.
Based on the existing partnerships with foreign manufacturers, the first international deliveries are expected to be made in January 2021. Those who have recently submitted the request, will receive the first batch starting from March 2021.
Russia's Sputnik V, announced its efficacy to be 91.4% based on the interim analysis of the data gleaned from a stage-3 clinical trial involving 40,000 people in Russia.
To match the total requests of 1.2 billion doses of Sputnik V vaccine that have come from more than 50 nations, the international partners of Russian Direct Investment Fund including India, Brazil, South Korea, China and other countries will be producing the same.