In Latin American First, Argentina To Produce Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine
Buenos Aires, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 21st Apr, 2021 ) :Argentina will be the first Latin American country to produce Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, according to Russia's RDIF sovereign fund, which financed the development of the shot.
"Sputnik V is approved in more than 10 countries of Latin and Central America and production in Argentina will help facilitate deliveries to other partners in the region," it quoted RDIF executive director Kirill Dmitriev as saying.
Richmond has already produced a first batch of 21,000 doses, which will be sent for quality control to Russia's Gamaleya research institute, which developed the vaccine.
Some 5.6 million Argentines have received at least one vaccine dose to date, and 800,000 have received two shots.
Russia registered Sputnik V last August ahead of large-scale clinical trials, prompting concern among experts over the fast-track process.
But later reviews have been largely positive, with the medical journal The Lancet publishing results showing it to be safe and more than 90 percent effective.
The Russian vaccine has been approved for use in 60 countries.