“This is more of a political issue than a health and medical issue. From a scientific point of view, the Russian vaccine had no complications, it is an excellent vaccine,” said Rodriguez when asked about criticisms of the vaccine.
According to the policy, Venezuela expects to start vaccination in April 2021, after the completion of testing and approval by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Vaccination of volunteers with Russian Sputnik V vaccine in Belarus
Russia registered the world’s first coronavirus vaccine, developed by the Gamaleya Institute, in August. It is now completing phase three of the clinical trials in Russia according to WHO protocols.
In addition to Venezuela, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RFPI), together with its partners, is conducting Sputnik V clinical trials in Belarus, the United Arab Emirates and also in India.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, Venezuela reports 86,289 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 731 deaths caused by the disease.