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Russia working closely with India and Brazil for developing COVID-19 vaccine

Moscow: Russia is working closely with BRICS countries especially India and Brazil for developing of a vaccine against COVID-19, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov on Wednesday.

He was speaking at an online BRICS event.

Ryabkov elaborated on the Co-operation among BRICS Nations for development of the vaccine.

“This work is being done both collectively and on a bilateral basis with the BRICS member countries on the development, registration and launch of the required volumes of production. We have serious agreements with Brazil and India on this matter, with China we have been maintaining a very deep cooperation since the outbreak of the pandemic”, he said.

The BRICS member countries are currently working on the framework for the creation of a joint centre for vaccine development, proposed by South Africa in 2018, the deputy foreign minister noted.

In August, Russia became the first country in the world to register a vaccine against the coronavirus, dubbed Sputnik V, and developed by the Gamaleya research institute. The vaccine is now nearing the end of phase 3 clinical trials.

A report by Sputnik stated that several foreign nations have already signed agreements with Russia on the supplies of Sputnik V vaccine.

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