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Russia authorizes the use of another version of Sputnik vaccine.

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Known as ‘Sputnik Light’, the Russian Health Ministry announced the usage of the vaccine to speed up vaccinations in the country. This new version of the vaccine is a one-shot coronavirus vaccine and according to the developers, it is more efficient than some two-dose coronavirus vaccines.

Sputnik Light single dose has an efficacy of 79.4%, making it better than some two-dose vaccines such as the Chinese Coronavac. The efficacy rate was determined by the analysis of data obtained from Russia’s mass vaccination between December 2020 and April 2021. After data was analyzed, it was found that after 28 days of taking the single-dose vaccine only 0.277% got infected with COVID-19. According to the developers, it protects against the new strains of the virus and provides absolute protection against the most severe cases of COVID-19.

The single-dose regimen solves the challenge of immunizing large groups in a shorter time, which is especially important during the acute phase of the spread of coronavirus, achieving herd immunity faster.

Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF)

Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) a fund which funds the vaccine, also pointed out that its price is less than $10 and can be easily stored and transported. The original Sputnik V which was sold in more than 60 countries worldwide, will remain the main vaccine for Russia. Sputnik Light will be available for international use if required.

Russia has vaccinated 13.4 million Russians with at least a single dose, while 9.4 million people have received both doses, but it is lagging behind Western countries in its vaccination campaign. Sputnik Light will hopefully help vaccinations to be much faster.

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