Mexico Authorizes Russia's Sputnik V Virus Vaccine

Cheryl Sanders
February 4, 2021

Mexico on Tuesday approved Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine for emergency use in the country, one of the worst hit by the pandemic, following the release of positive trial results.

"And besides that, (it) probably also confirmed the justification of the accelerated registration of this vaccine in the Russian Federation", he said, adding that the jab's safety was "proven".

Asked about Sputnik V, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that a few weeks ago, he had sent a scientific mission to Russian Federation and the exchanges were positive.

Sputnik V has the advantage of being relatively cheap and able to be kept at normal refrigerator temperatures rather than far below freezing for some other vaccines.

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The data is encouraging given the current situation when countries are scrambling to immunise their citizens against the pandemic amid Covid-19 vaccine supply shortage, yet the pandemic has infected more than 100 million, and killed more than 2.2 million people globally, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.

Sputnik V has been approved in more than 15 countries, including several ex-Soviet republics but also Argentina, Tunisia and Pakistan.

Pfizer's shot had the highest efficacy rate at 95 percent, closely followed by Moderna's vaccine and Sputnik V while AstraZeneca's vaccine had an average efficacy of 70 percent.

Its developers later said the vaccine is over 90 percent effective and Russian Federation began inoculating citizens in December.


"Our interim analysis of the randomized, controlled, phase-3 trial of Gam-COVID-Vac in Russian Federation has shown high efficacy, immunogenicity, and a good tolerability profile in participants aged 18 years or older", co-lead author Dr. Inna V Dolzhikova said at the media briefing.

Dr. Reddy's has been working with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to hold small clinical trials of Sputnik V in India.

"Every vaccine is welcome in the European Union", Mrs Merkel said in an interview on Tuesday night.

"We're planning to set up the vaccine production overseas in the near future, which will allow us to satisfy the growing demand from foreign countries", he said.


Brazil, India, Kazakhstan and South Korea are now producing the jab, though not all them have made it available to the public yet. The trial was conducted across 25 hospitals and polyclinics in Moscow, Russia.

Mexico has so far given about 675,000 doses of vaccine, all of them from Pfizer. The vaccine is therefore called Sputnik V.

Except for the United States, India has the most virus infections, reporting 11,039 new cases on Wednesday, taking its tally to 10.78 million.

At least three more Russian coronavirus vaccines are expected to be rolled out in the coming weeks.


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