Russia set to supply 50 million doses to Brazil.
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Brazil, which has been the third worst hit country in the world, is set to receive 50 million doses of the Sputnik V vaccine from Russia. Brazil has more than 4 million cases and around 129,000 deaths since the pandemic began. The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said that ‘Deliveries are expected to start in November.’ Brazilian regulators still have to approve the deliveries.
The governor of Bahia, Rui Costa, said that only the Brazilian state of Bahia will receive the vaccine doses. Initially, the state of Bahia will receive only 500 doses for a trial, after the approval of Brazil’s Health Regulator Anvisa. The state of Bahia went on its own to secure COVID-19 vaccines from Russia. Apparently, this move, stems from the distrust it has for the federal government’s action.
This week the RDIF announced that around 100 million doses are set to be supplied to Latin America. This is around one-fifth of its annual production.
The Russian vaccine, Sputnik V has not yet completed its Phase 3 trials, but Russian President Vladimir Putin disregarded this and declared that it is the first COVID-19 vaccine in the World on August 11. The phase 3 is ongoing and will consist of injecting two shots of the vaccine to up to 40,000 volunteers. Recently, a Lancet study revealed that the Sputnik V vaccine induced a strong immune response in all of the 76 participants. Regardless of this, both the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency believe that there is not enough data to approve the vaccine for use.
The vaccine has been created by Moscow’s Gamaleya center, together with the Russian Defense Ministry. According to RDIF, Russia has received requests for around a billion doses.