Dr: Serbia could fill bottles of Sputnik V vaccine, full production not soon

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Source: Tanjug/Sava Radovanović

Dusan Popadic, an immunology professor at the Belgrade Medical Faculty, said on Thursday that Serbia's 'Torlak' Institute of Virology, Vaccines and Sera, could start finalising the Russian Sputnik V anti-coronavirus vaccine, i.e. filling the bottles with it.

Popadic added vaccines then would be distributed to the immunisation points and increase the availability.

However, he said the process from the idea to the vaccine could roughly be divided into three phases and that it was unrealistic to expect the country to completely produce the vaccine in mid-term.

Last week, President Aleksandar Vucic told the British Reuters news agency that his country would invest as much as necessary to produce the Russian Sputnik V vaccine at home by the end of the year.

„Currently, we don’t have capacities for the production of Sputnik V, but we’ll build them whatever the cost may be, it doesn’t matter, we will invest,“ Vucic said.