RDIF & “Alliance against coronavirus” announce home-testing for COVID-19

Press release, 16.04.2020

Moscow, April 16, 2020 – The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, announces the start of home-testing for coronavirus by Yandex – a partner in “Alliance against coronavirus”.

At this initial stage, Moscow residents in the highest risk groups (the elderly and those above the age of 65) will be able to be tested by accredited laboratory services. As the number of tests in laboratories grows, home-testing will be expanded to include various age groups, as well as Russia’s regions.

The “Alliance against coronavirus” was created in March by the RDIF, RUIE (the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs), Yandex, Mail.ru Group and Rossiya Segodnya international news agency. The main objective of the Alliance is to ensure operational testing of the population using the best available technologies, as well as industrial safety and uninterrupted operation of Russia’s largest enterprises.

Testing will be carried out, using innovative tests developed by EMG, which produce some of the most effective results for COVID-19 diagnostics. These tests provide high mobility, accuracy and speed.

Earlier Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of RDIF, announced the beginning of large-scale testing in April.

Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, said:
“RDIF continues to work on organizing testing for coronavirus. The launch of home testing as part of our partnership in the Alliance will help to successfully identify infected individuals and prevent the spread of the virus thanks to this in-house format. We are continuing to contribute to the fight against coronavirus and are developing new convenient mobile testing formats that will minimize risks for both citizens and medical staff”.

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Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) is Russia's sovereign wealth fund established in 2011 to make equity co-investments, primarily in Russia, alongside reputable international financial and strategic investors. RDIF acts as a catalyst for direct investment in the Russian economy. RDIF’s management company is based in Moscow. Currently, RDIF has experience of the successful joint implementation of more than 80 projects with foreign partners totaling more than RUB1.7 tn and covering 95% of the regions of the Russian Federation. RDIF portfolio companies employ more than 800,000 people and generate revenues which equate to more than 6% of Russia’s GDP. RDIF has established joint strategic partnerships with leading international co-investors from more than 15 countries that total more than $40 bn. Further information can be found at rdif.ru

For additional information contact:
Arseniy Palagin
Russian Direct Investment Fund
Press Secretary
Tel: +7 495 644 34 14, ext. 2395
Mobile: +7 916 110 31 41
E-mail: arseniy.palagin@rdif.ru

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