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Iran, Russia discussing joint production of COVID-19 vaccine - agencies

FILE PHOTO: A small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine" sticker stands near a medical syringe in front of displayed "Coronavirus COVID-19" words in this illustration taken April 10, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Iran and Russia’s sovereign wealth fund RDIF are discussing the joint production of a vaccine against COVID-19, Russian news agencies cited the Iranian ambassador to Moscow as saying on Friday.

“We are holding talks, I spoke with the head of RDIF Kirill Dmitriev, our officials have held several rounds of consultations and we announced that we will co-operate,” Ambassador to Moscow Kazem Jalali was cited as saying.

Thus far, Russia has struck a manufacturing partnership deal with India, which is due to produce 300 million doses of the ‘Sputnik-V’ vaccine domestically. It is also discussing such partnerships with several other countries, including Brazil.

Reporting by Anton Kolodyazhnyy; Writing by Polina Ivanova; Editing by Toby Chopra