Russian agencies in talks with Kerala govt to produce Sputnik in Thiruvananthapuram
New Delhi: Russian agencies have reportedly held talks with the Kerala government to establish a facility for manufacturing Russian-made Sputnik vaccine in Thiruvananthapuram. The government has also initiated procedures for identifying a suitable location for the unit. The government is considering the land near Apparel Park in Thonnackal, a village in Thiruvananthapuram, to set up the plant. The Russian agencies expressed interest in setting up the unit in Kerala. The Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) has started preparing a draft report on the project. Highly placed sources in the government have informed that the project will be officially announced in two days.
Once the final decision on land is made, talks on further steps will he held. It is with the consent of the central government the Russian agencies approached the state. As of now, India imports Sputnik vaccine from Russia. The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) had earlier announced that the vaccine can be produced in the units of Pune Serum Institute by September.