President Vladimir Putin wants the BRICS countries to work together on the development of the vaccines against the coronavirus pandemic. Addressing the 12th BRICS summit on a video conference, attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Putin said India and China could produce Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine.

“We believe it is important to speed up the establishment of the centre for development and research of BRICS vaccines, which we agreed to do two years ago, upon the initiative of our South African friends,” Putin said.

“The Russian Direct Investment Fund has reached agreements with its Brazilian and Indian partners on conducting clinical trials of the Sputnik V vaccine, it has also reached an agreement with pharmaceutical companies in China and India to launch production of the vaccine in these countries not just to cover their needs, but for third countries as well,” he added.

Russia is the only country in the world to register a vaccine against COVID-19. The Sputnik V, which was launched on August 11, was developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute and produced by the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF).

The country registered another vaccine successfully in October called, Vector Research Centre’s EpiCoronaVac.

At the time of the Sputnik V’s launch, President Putin had claimed that the Russian vaccine works “quite effectively” against the deadly virus, forming a “stable immunity”. As a testament, Putin revealed that one of his daughters was injected with the vaccine and she is doing fine.