Russian Federation plans mass production of coronavirus vaccine from next month

Grant Boone
August 4, 2020

In May, French Junior Economy Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher said it would be "unacceptable" that the United States may be the first nation to get access to a COVID-19 vaccine produced by Sanofi, which is a French company. The deal also allows the government to acquire up to 500 million additional doses after the initial order.

"Unfortunately, the products that Russian Federation has developed under the name of "coronavirus vaccine" have not yet been approved by worldwide authorities", said Mohraz.

According to the release, Sanofi will receive the majority of the government funding.

More than 14,100 people in the country have died from the respiratory disease.

The Gamaleya institute came under fire after researchers and directors injected themselves with the prototype months ago, with specialists criticizing the move as an unorthodox and rushed way of starting human trials.

Three Western coronavirus vaccines are in final phase three trials.

French drugmaker Sanofi (SNYNF) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) will be granted up to $2.1 billion by the USA government for the development of their coronavirus vaccine candidate, including clinical trials, as well, for manufacturing scale-up and delivery of an initial 100 million doses. If the results are positive, the companies can seek US regulatory approval in the first half of 2021, they said Friday.

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It comes under the Trump administration's Operation Warp Speed, meant to rush a COVID-19 vaccine to the market by the end of 2020.

Sanofi's coronavirus vaccine relies on a protein-based technology that the company already uses to produce an influenza vaccine.

Dr Fauci has said that the USA should have a "safe and effective" vaccine by the end of this year.

Part of the agreement includes collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Defense, which the companies expect will help fund vaccine development activities and secure scale-up manufacturing capabilities in the United States, resulting in a significant increase in capacity.

"In my opinion, there are other countries which are way ahead of Russian Federation when it comes to the production of the coronavirus vaccine and are still going through the testing stage".

Laboratories need the money to accelerate the early stages of vaccine development and prepare production units without fearing they will be left out of pocket if the candidate drugs fail.

Pfizer and BioNTech last week reached a US$1.95 billion deal to supply their coronavirus vaccine to the government, while Novavax Inc., which has yet to commercialize a medicine or vaccine, earlier this month announced a US$1.6 billion deal.

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