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Russia Wants to Vaccinate Nearly 1 in 10 Globally This Year

  • Sputnik V to be made in India, China, Brazil and South Korea
  • Foreign demand grows for vaccine amid slow take-up at home
Sputnik V Storage at Sheremetyevo Airport Ahead of Export
Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg
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Russia is ramping up overseas output of its Covid-19 vaccine, pledging to supply shots to almost one in ten people on the planet this year even as it’s produced only a tiny fraction of that so far.

“We have capacity to provide the vaccine to 700 million people outside Russia this year,” Kirill Dmitriev, chief executive officer of state-run Russian Direct Investment Fund, which backed Sputnik V’s development and is in charge of its foreign roll-out, said in an interview Wednesday. “The biggest producers will be India, China and South Korea.”