From January to May, Russia sharply increased its sales of vaccines abroad, almost doubling its exports compared to the total volume of the last three years. According to the Federal Customs Service (FCS), according to the classification code 3002200009 (“other vaccines for humans”), 159 tons of products worth $ 303.6 million were delivered to other countries in five months. RBK…
From 2018 to 2020, Russia exported 468.3 tons of products worth $ 182.1 million. Over the year, Russian exports in value terms increased by 31.8 times; from January to May 2020, vaccines were sold abroad for $ 9.5 million.
Nikolay Bespalov, Development Director of the analytical company RNC Pharma, explained that 3002200009 is the main “vaccine” code, which last year covered 99 percent of drugs in this category, except for vaccines against hepatitis B and rubella. New vaccines against coronavirus are also exported under this code, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia said. The ministry said that the growth in foreign supplies is primarily associated with these drugs. However, the FCS does not have specific information on the share of anti-toxic vaccines in sales.
According to the service, the main export destinations were Argentina, Kazakhstan, India, Mexico, Hungary, Belarus, the United Arab Emirates, Serbia, Bolivia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where more than 85 percent of the drugs were sent. Active foreign supplies in 2021 are taking place against the background of the conclusion of contracts for the supply or vaccination with “Sputnik V” in these countries.
At the end of March, CEOs of Biocad Dmitry Morozov and R-Pharm, Alexei Repik, announced that the volume of Sputnik V’s export sales for the year would range from several hundred million dollars to one billion dollars. At the same time, at that time, the amount of supplies was quite modest, since it was necessary to satisfy domestic demand.