RUSSIA: Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said that Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine is around 83% effective against the Delta variant. “The efficiency is found to be lower than previously thought,” Murashko said on Wednesday.
The Russian authorities have blamed a surge in COVID-19 cases on the more contagious Delta variant. “The citizen’s reluctance to get vaccinated has resulted in a surge in COVID-19 cases in June and July despite shots being widely available,” the authorities said.
In June, the vaccine developers claimed that the vaccine was around 90% effective against the Delta variant.
Meanwhile, Alexander Gintsburg, director of the Gamaleya Institute said that Sputnik V was safe and effective against all strains of the COVID-19 virus. The Gamaleya Institute developed the Sputnik V vaccine in April 2020.
Russia has a population of around 144 million and has so far approved four domestically produced vaccines. The country has recorded almost 6.5 million infections since the start of the pandemic.
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The Sputnik V vaccine has been registered in 67 countries so far. The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has concluded production partnerships with over 20 companies in 14 countries, including India, China, South Korea, Argentina, Mexico, and others.