First Batch of Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 Vaccine Produced in Uzbekistan, RDIF Says

Sputnik, 31.07.2021

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The first test batch of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine has been produced in Uzbekistan, with samples being shipped to Russia's Gamaleya research centre, which developed the vaccine, for quality control, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) announced on Saturday.

"The Russian Direct Investment Fund and one of the leading pharmaceutical manufacturers of Uzbekistan, Jurabek Laboratories, announce the production of the first batches of the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V. RDIF has organised a technological transfer process for the production of the vaccine in the Republic of Uzbekistan", RDIF said.

"The validation batches of Sputnik V were sent to the Gamaleya research centre for the quality control," the press release added.

Sputnik V was developed by Russia's Gamaleya research institute in August 2020, becoming the world's first registered vaccine against COVID-19. According to researchers, it shows over 91.6% efficacy against the novel coronavirus and has been authorised in 69 countries so far.