Criticism against the Sputnik V vaccine is political in nature, says Venezuelan vice president


The criticisms of the Russian vaccine against COVID-19, Sputnik V, are of a political nature, since, from a scientific point of view, it is an excellent vaccine, said on Sunday (18), to VTV, Venezuelan vice president Delcy Rodríguez .

In early October of this year, Russia delivered the first batch of the Sputnik V vaccine to Venezuela, which is the first country in the West to participate in phase three of the vaccine’s clinical trials.

“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.


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