Sputnik; Russia in talks with Kerala government on vaccine manufacture facility

Covid third wave is yet to start in India and the precautionary measure, vaccination has been taking place in the country.

Sputnik vaccine developed by Russia is now under consideration to start its production in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

The Russian authorities are in talks with the Kerala government for scouting land to set up an international manufacturing site for the vaccine. The vaccine was developed by Gamaleya Centre.

“Talks are on between the Russian government and Kerala regarding the setting up of a manufacturing unit of Sputnik V in our state,” said Kerala Industries Minister P Rajeev.

The government has also initiated procedures for identifying a suitable location for the unit.

The government is considering the land near Apparel Park in Thonnackal, a village in Thiruvananthapuram, to set up the plant.

It is estimated that the Sputnik vaccine will be manufactured in India for the first time outside Russia. Gujarat comes first and Kerala comes second as per the reports so far.

Highly placed sources in the government have informed that the project will be officially announced in two days.

The Russian authorities discussed the possibility with KSIDC in Kerala and the High-Level Committee in Kerala. The characteristics of the area and the availability of water were examined and evaluated. In terms of water availability, Kerala has the upper hand over Gujarat. 

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As a trial, the Serum Institute of India had already been given permission to develop the Russian vaccine sputnik earlier. The Serum Institute will work in conjunction with the Gamalaya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow.

Once the final decision on Kerala land is made, talks on further steps will be held. As of now, India imports the Sputnik vaccine from Russia. 

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