Statement by the Russian Direct Investment Fund

Press release, 16.10.2020

Moscow, October 16, 2020

Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund:

“We condemn the social media posts aimed to denigrate AstraZeneca vaccine described by The Times today.
We believe any attempts to smear any vaccine are wrong including those against Gamaleya’s Sputnik V vaccine.
All vaccines should, of course, be subject to the most rigorous scientific investigation.
The terrible impact of Covid-19 should unite humanity, not divide us. We need co-operation, a vaccine detente.
No single vaccine will be sufficient for the world. We will need a number of solutions and countries need to pursue portfolio of vaccines.
One of our portfolio companies is manufacturing the AstraZeneca vaccine. We believe that both human adenoviral vector approach that Sputnik V is using, and chimpanzee adenoviral vector approach used by AstraZeneca are both very promising approaches based on solid scientific basis .”