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Sputnik V vaccine

Volunteers break rank to raise doubts in trial of Russia's second COVID-19 vaccine

Volunteers break rank to raise doubts in trial of Russia's second COVID-19 vaccine

  • The break-away group is led by trial volunteer Andrey Krinitsky, who is not a scientist. The group's findings were made public in an open letter on their blog on Wednesday.
  • EpiVacCorona, Russia's second vaccine to be registered, is a synthetic peptide vaccine which uses a different technology from the better-known Sputnik V shot.
Published 26 Mar, 2021 07:10pm
Russia delivers Sputnik V vaccine to St Petersburg after shortage problems
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Russia delivers Sputnik V vaccine to St Petersburg after shortage problems

  • Russia has said it has vaccinated 3.5 million of its 144 million population with both shots of the Sputnik V vaccine since it began in early December.
  • On Friday, St Petersburg, a city of more than 5 million, received 15,300 doses of the two-component vaccine, the municipal authority said on its website.
Published 19 Mar, 2021 08:56pm
Developers of Russian Sputnik V vaccine doubt EU regulator's neutrality, want apology
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Developers of Russian Sputnik V vaccine doubt EU regulator's neutrality, want apology

  • "We demand a public apology from EMA's Christa Wirthumer-Hoche for her negative comments..., (which) raise serious questions about possible political interference in the ongoing EMA review," the developers wrote on the official Sputnik V Twitter account.
  • Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called Wirthumer-Hoche's statement regrettable and inappropriate.
Published 09 Mar, 2021 09:01pm
EU says no talks under way to buy Russia's COVID-19 vaccine
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EU says no talks under way to buy Russia's COVID-19 vaccine

  • "Currently no talks are ongoing to integrate the Sputnik vaccine in the portfolio," a Commission spokesman told a news conference.
  • Earlier on Thursday, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said it had begun a rolling review of the Sputnik V vaccine, which could lead to its approval for use in all 27 EU countries.
Published 04 Mar, 2021 06:15pm
Russian scientists say Sputnik V performs well against COVID mutations
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Russian scientists say Sputnik V performs well against COVID mutations

  • "(A) recent study carried out by the Gamaleya Centre in Russia showed that revaccination with Sputnik V vaccine is working very well against new coronavirus mutations, including the UK and South African strains of coronavirus.
  • We believe that vector-based vaccines are actually better for future revaccinations than vaccines based on other platforms.
Updated 27 Feb, 2021 09:08pm
Argentine lab says agrees deal to produce Russia's Sputnik V vaccine
Business & Finance

Argentine lab says agrees deal to produce Russia's Sputnik V vaccine

  • Argentina was one of the first countries in the region to sign an agreement with Russia to buy Sputnik V and has already received 1.22 million doses from the Russian Gamaleya Institute.
  • This potential development will be carried out with the participation of Hetero Labs Limited, a laboratory established in India, with whom Laboratorios Richmond has had a strategic alliance for more than 25 years.
Published 26 Feb, 2021 08:09pm
Gaza launches COVID-19 vaccinations, with just 22,000 doses
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Gaza launches COVID-19 vaccinations, with just 22,000 doses

  • I am proud the health sector was able to overcome this difficult time, with limited resources but great dedication.
  • Those vaccinated received instruction cards telling them to continue wearing face masks and practicing social distancing.
Published 22 Feb, 2021 06:10pm
Russia's Sputnik V vaccine 92% effective in fighting COVID-19
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Russia's Sputnik V vaccine 92% effective in fighting COVID-19

  • Experts said the Phase III trial results meant the world had another effective weapon to fight the deadly pandemic and justified to some extent Moscow’s decision to roll out the vaccine before final data had been released.
  • The results were based on data from 19,866 volunteers, of whom a quarter received a placebo, the researchers, led by the Gamaleya Institute’s Denis Logunov, said in The Lancet.
Published 02 Feb, 2021 07:51pm
Mexico eyes delivery of Russian Sputnik V vaccine next week
Business & Finance

Mexico eyes delivery of Russian Sputnik V vaccine next week

  • Ferrer said the finishing touches were being put on the contract for the deal, and that it could be signed on Tuesday.
  • Mexico is trying to secure as much vaccine supply as possible amid delays of some products and has said it plans to administer 7.4 million doses of Sputnik V through March.
Published 26 Jan, 2021 08:37pm
Iran urges Biden to lift sanctions affecting medicines as it fights COVID-19
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Iran urges Biden to lift sanctions affecting medicines as it fights COVID-19

  • Tehran also said it had approved Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine for domestic use, and that it was trying to buy vaccines from AstraZeneca and other companies.
  • He also threatened that Iran would block short-notice inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities by the United Nations atomic agency if Washington did not lift sanctions.
Published 26 Jan, 2021 07:55pm
Mexico plans to administer 7.4mn doses of Sputnik V vaccine by end-March
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Mexico plans to administer 7.4mn doses of Sputnik V vaccine by end-March

  • The country could start receiving supplies of the vaccine as soon as next week, according to the plan presented during President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's daily morning news conference.
  • Government officials say Mexico is set to purchase 12 million doses of the Russian vaccine.
Published 19 Jan, 2021 09:46pm
Russia's second vaccine '100pc effective', watchdog tells media
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Russia's second vaccine '100pc effective', watchdog tells media

  • The data, based on Phase I and II trials, were released before the start of a larger Phase III trial which would normally involve thousands of participants and a placebo group as a comparison.
  • The effectiveness of the vaccine is made up of its immunological effectiveness and preventative effectiveness.
Published 19 Jan, 2021 05:42pm
Paraguay approves Russia's Sputnik V vaccine
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Paraguay approves Russia's Sputnik V vaccine

  • The Russian Direct Investment Fund said the vaccine had been granted emergency use authorisation by Paraguay's regulators.
  • Other countries that approved the vaccine in this way so far include Argentina, Bolivia, Venezuela, Algeria and Serbia.
Published 15 Jan, 2021 05:05pm
Russia to submit Sputnik V vaccine for EU approval, says RDIF chief
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Russia to submit Sputnik V vaccine for EU approval, says RDIF chief

  • Peer-reviewed results of the vaccine would be released shortly and would demonstrate its high efficacy, fund chief Kirill Dmitriev said.
  • Sputnik V would be produced in seven countries. He added that regulators in nine countries are expected to approve the vaccine for domestic use this month.
Published 14 Jan, 2021 04:46pm
Mexico to conclude Sputnik vaccine approval process quickly
World

Mexico to conclude Sputnik vaccine approval process quickly

  • Mexico was considering acquiring 24 million doses of Sputnik V.
  • Separately, Lopez Obrador said his government would not be reserving information on Mexico's vaccine contracts despite officials previously saying they would be withheld for five years.
Published 12 Jan, 2021 08:15pm
Russia inoculates 1 million people against COVID-19
World

Russia inoculates 1 million people against COVID-19

  • Russia, which has the world's fourth highest number of COVID-19 cases, started large-scale vaccinations last month.
  • Earlier on Wednesday, Russia reported 24,217 new coronavirus cases, including 5,142 in Moscow, taking the national tally to 3,308,601.
Published 06 Jan, 2021 05:13pm