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India and Russia in talks over co-manufacturing Sputnik V

COVID-19 war expanding ties from national defense to public health worldwide

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, is expected to visit India and meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in October as a part of their annual summit mechanism.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- Russia, a traditional ally of India, appears keen to collaborate in manufacturing its COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V, which it claims is the world's first against the deadly virus.

"As far as Sputnik V vaccine is concerned, both the countries are in communication," Indian Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan told reporters this week when asked whether New Delhi had been formally approached by Moscow over manufacturing the vaccine.

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