Sep 14, 2020
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Russian vaccine “Sputnik V” is gaining “political weight”

Mexico vaccinates 25% of the population with a Russian drug

The world is increasingly talking about the geopolitical impact of the Russian vaccine against Сovid-19. According to international press reports, more than 40 countries of the world have turned to Russia with questions about Sputnik V, and Mexico has already announced that 25% of the population will be vaccinated with this drug. And here are the tests of the vaccine company "AstraZeneca" (AstraZeneca) and the University of Oxford were suspended. “At the same time, Vladimir Putin's Russia announced the signing of an agreement to supply 32 million doses of vaccine to Mexico. This amount is enough to vaccinate 25 percent of the population of this Latin American country, ” - writes Fview from S. Paulo ("Folla de São Paulo") known as "Folla" - Brazilian daily newspaper...

The Russian vaccine, developed by the Gamaleya Institute, uses human adenovirus vectors of serotype 5 and 26 in different proportions. "Oxford" vaccine - monkey adenovirus vectors. Both vectors are used to deliver the Sars-CoV-2 genetic code to a patient and stimulate an immune response.

“Although the decision of some pharmaceutical companies was well received, we consider it wrong. The lack of long-term studies of the risks of cancer and the impact on fertility of new vaccine technologies is not taken into account. These include platforms based on mRNA (as is the case with American vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna) and monkey adenovirus vectors (Oxford vaccine) ",

- quotes Folha de S. Paulo Kirill Dmitrieva, head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, which financed the creation of Sputnik V.

In turn, the Gamaleya Institute believes that the use of human adenoviruses is "more natural". The Sputnik V vaccine has undergone accelerated registration in Russia and is being tested on large groups of volunteers. The third phase of the research will involve 40,000 people.

“More importantly, the first data on Sputnik V has finally been published in the prestigious British scientific journal The Lancet. According to this data, the vaccine is 100 percent effective and its side effects are minor, ”

- informs Folha de S. Paulo...

Today, the Russian vaccine is attacked by critics for both volunteers and for alleged inconsistencies that have not been noticed Lancet, there are even accusations of stealing data on other vaccines!

It's no joke, the "political weight" of the Sputnik V vaccine is growing: the news of the signing of an agreement with Mexico on the supply of Russian vaccines was followed by others - some Brazilian states have joined the testing program. So, the government of the state of Parana has already signed an agreement with the Russian Federation, the state of Bahia is next.

“In Brazil, the vaccine political controversy is being waged by those who previously led warring parties in the fight against the pandemic: President Jair Bolsonaro, who denies the existence of COVID-19, and Governor of São Paulo State, João Doria, who adheres to the scientific views ",

- says the Brazilian edition. At the same time, it is known that the federal government signed an agreement to produce 100 million doses of Oxford vaccine by the company Fiocruz, and the government of São Paulo state agreed to produce the same number of doses of Chinese vaccine Sinovac Institute of Butantan.

Now that the American vaccine has lost ground, Sputnik V has every chance of rapidly gaining "political weight". That is why critics of the Russian vaccine are so active.

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