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Gland Pharma share hits all-time high as firm to make 252 mn doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine

BusinessToday.In     March 16, 2021

Gland Pharma share hit a fresh all-time high today after the firm said it inked a deal with Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to manufacture and supply up to 252 million doses of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. The production will begin in the fourth quarter of 2021. Share of Gland Pharma touched an all-time high of Rs 2,784.45, rising 9.54% against previous close of Rs 2,541.

The stock has gained 9.94% in the last 2 days. Gland Pharma stock stands higher than 5 day, 20 day, 50 day, 100 day and 200 day moving averages. The share has gained 16.17% since the beginning of this year and risen 23.69% in one month.

The stock opened higher at Rs 2,558. Later, the stock ended 6.95% or Rs 176.70 higher at Rs 2,718 against previous close of Rs 2,541.95 on BSE. Market cap of the firm rose to Rs 29,725 crore.

"Gland Pharma will be leveraging its manufacturing capabilities for the production of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine. The agreement will see Gland Pharma utilising its Drug Substance and Drug Product facilities at its sites in Hyderabad. The production is expected to commence from third quarter of 2021 for estimated delivery starting from fourth quarter of 2021," said the pharma company.

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The company said, "Under the terms of the agreement, Gland Pharma will first undertake technology transfer of the drug substance to its manufacturing facilities. After successful technology transfer, Gland Pharma will then undertake manufacturing of drug substance and drug product filling into vials under aseptic conditions."

It said that its expertise in manufacturing sterile injectable at significant scale will support the stable supply of the vaccine.

Gamaleya National Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology developed the COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V.  It became the world's first registered COVID-19 vaccine based on the human adenoviral vector platform.

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Meanwhile, Dr Reddy's Laboratories is also working with RDIF to hold domestic clinical trials of the Sputnik V vaccine. The company also sought emergency use authorisation approval last month. The drug regulator, however, asked the company to provide immunogenicity data. India's Hetero has also entered into a deal with RDIF to manufacture 100 million doses of the vaccine.

The medical journal Lancet said about Sputnik V: "The trial results show a consistent strong protective effect across all participant age groups." It said that the vaccine candidate was over 90 per cent effective.

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