In the fight against the coronavirus, more than 20 million people around the world are said to have had at least one dose of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V injected. The state direct investment fund “RDIF” announced on Thursday, which markets the vaccine abroad. Sputnik V consists of two components and, according to information from Moscow, is approved in more than 60 countries with a total of 3.2 billion people. According to the World Health Organization, more than a billion doses of various vaccines have been administered worldwide.
Russian President Vladimir Putin was open to suspending patent protection on vaccines. This idea deserves attention, he said, according to the Interfax agency. “A pandemic is an emergency,” he was quoted as saying. The US had recently fueled the debate about the fact that patent protection should be temporarily withdrawn from pharmaceutical companies.
Sputnik-Light is ready
According to Putin, another vaccine is now available in Russia: the “light version” of Sputnik V, with which you only need one injection. According to the direct investment fund, the vaccine is nearly 80 percent effective. According to earlier information, “Sputnik Light” should offer protection less long, but it should be more effective. The active ingredient will help prevent the spread of the coronavirus through faster immunization of larger population groups, said the Gamaleja Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology.
Putin also complained about a decline in the rate of vaccination in some regions of the gigantic empire. The local authorities need to vaccinate more, he said. According to Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova, 9.4 million people in Russia have now received both syringes, 6.4 percent of the population. Nine percent have therefore received the first of two injections.
The majority of Russians do not want to be vaccinated
According to Golikova, 31.9 million vaccine doses have been produced in Russia so far. A large part of this is attributable to Sputnik V, which has already been on the Russian market for nine months. Russia now has four of its own vaccines against the virus. According to surveys, most Russians do not want to be vaccinated.
Putin once again promoted the Russian vaccines. “You are as reliable as a Kalashnikov assault rifle,” he said. “We don’t say that, said one of the European experts. I think he is undoubtedly right. ”To whom Putin was referring was initially unclear.
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