Nicaragua To Start Production Of Russia's CoviVac Vaccine - Presidential Adviser


Nicaragua to Start Production of Russia's CoviVac Vaccine - Presidential Adviser

MANAGUA (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 21st October, 2021) The Mechnikov Institute of Biotechnology in Nicaragua will produce the Russian vaccine against COVID-19, CoviVac, trials have already begun, Laureano Ortega Murillo, Nicaraguan presidential adviser on investment, trade and cooperation, said during the 6th congress of Russian and Nicaraguan pharmaceutical companies.

"Our government, thanks to efforts with the fraternal Russian Federation, institutions and ministries, is starting trials for the production of a vaccine against coronavirus here in Nicaragua," Ortega Murillo said. According to the official, the supply of raw materials from Russia for testing has already begun, and the authorities expect to bring the ready vaccine to the Nicaraguan market next year.

In the fight against the coronavirus epidemic, the Nicaraguan government is already working with the Gamaleya Institute and the Russian Direct Investment Fund - ready Sputnik V and Sputnik Light vaccines are being supplied to the country. Nicaragua began vaccinating the population in March. In addition to the Russian vaccine, Covishield and AstraZeneca vaccines obtained through the Covax mechanism are used.

"Now (we will work) with the Chumakov Institute from Russia to... be able to produce it (CoviVac vaccine) ... for brothers from Central and South America," Ortega Murillo said.