The Russia Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which is piloting Russia’s Sputnik V candidate vaccine, has partnered with Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories to test and supply 100 million doses of the vaccine.
The Sputnik V vaccine, which is based on well-studied human adenoviral vector platform with proven safety, is undergoing clinical trials for the coronavirus pandemic.
Deliveries could potentially begin in late 2020 subject to completion of successful trials and registration of the vaccine by regulatory authorities in India. The agreement does not include manufacturing the vaccine in India.
Scholar, author, and connoisseur of the arts Kapila Vatsyayan passed away in Delhi. She was 92.
Vatsyayan, who was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2011, was the founding director of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. A former nominated member of the Rajya Sabha, she was also chairperson of the Asia Project at the IIC.
She was a renowned scholar of art history, architecture, and Indian classical dance.
Vatsyayan authored nearly 20 books on different forms of art and their histories in her long career.
The Japanese parliament has confirmed Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga as the country’s new prime minister, replacing the outgoing premier Shinzo Abe.
The longest-serving prime minister since the end of World War II, Abe’s decision to resign was widely considered the end of an era in Japan.
Suga’s premiership is expected to be characterized by a substantial degree of policy continuity.
Suga’s main priority will be dealing with Japan’s slumping economy, which has taken a hit since the beginning of the pandemic despite the country’s success in avoiding the high numbers of cases and deaths seen elsewhere.