Sputnik V could be added to the list of Covid-19 vaccines for distribution under the COVAX Facility for low and middle-income countries, according to the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which markets the vaccine globally.
The Statement said, “RDIF will be holding a separate discussion with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance to see the Sputnik V vaccine considered for inclusion in the COVAX Facility’s Portfolio of COVID-19 vaccines.”
Sputnik V is one of three Covid-19 vaccines that have been licenced for limited emergency usage in India.
The COVAX Facility seeks to assist terminate the worldwide pandemic’s acute phase by the end of 2021 by providing timely, fair, and equitable access to safe and effective vaccines for frontline health care and social workers, as well as other high-risk and vulnerable populations.
RDIF has also partnered with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to provide 220 million doses of Russian vaccine in two doses.
There are enough vaccine doses to vaccinate 110 million people. The UNICEF supply arrangement is likely to extend access to help satisfy global vaccine demand. The vaccine’s procurement and delivery by UNICEF are contingent on the vaccine gaining an emergency use listing from the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Sputnik V application for WHO Emergency Use Listing, which was submitted in October 2020, is likely to be decided soon.
The Chief executive of RDIF, Kirill Dmitriev said, “RDIF is proud to support UNICEF and its partners’ global efforts to ensure equal and wide access to coronavirus vaccines for all countries. Vaccination is the best way to defeat the pandemic, help people feel safe, restore economies and return to normal life. Sputnik V is already used in more than 40 countries and this number keeps increasing as we continue deliveries to our partners every day. RDIF looks forward to the successful completion of the WHO prequalification process and obtaining EUL to start delivering supplies of Sputnik V through UNICEF to save millions of lives.”