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Sputnik V to be produced in Italy even without EMA authorization — Commerce Chamber head

Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine will be produced in Italy even if the European Medicines Agency (EMA) declines to authorize the jab for use in the EU, President of the Italian-Russian Chamber of Commerce Vincenzo Trani told TASS Tuesday when asked if the jab could be produced without the EMA certification.

“Yes, of course. It’s important to understand that the production process has nothing to do with vaccine sales, they are two different things. I think that if it is not authorized [in the EU] there are many other places where this vaccine is desperately needed,” he underlined.

Earlier, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) announced cooperation between Russia’s sovereign wealth fund and Adienne Pharma & Biotech to produce Sputnik V in Italy.

On March 8, the Italian-Russian Chamber of Commerce revealed that the relevant agreement was signed.

On Tuesday, la Repubblica reported that Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine production would be launched in July at a Swiss-based Adienne Pharma & Biotech plant in Caponago, Lombardy (northern Italy).

Source: TASS

Header: MOSCOW, RUSSIA – SEPTEMBER 25, 2020: A production line for Gam-COVID-Vac, a vaccine for COVID-19 developed by Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology of Russia’s Health Ministry, at the Binnopharm pharmaceutical production facility, a subsidiary of the AFK Sistema corporation. Binnopharm is capable of manufacturing up to 1.5 million vaccine doses per year. Video grab/AFK Sistema Press Office/TASS