Russian President Vladimir PoutineVladimir Vladimirovich Putin: Russia ready to give Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to other Trump countries to attend virtual G-20 summit amid coronavirus outbreak Marshmallow new media in Biden era MORE At the Group of 20 (G-20) summit in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, told leaders on Saturday that Russia was ready to distribute its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to other countries.
According to ReutersRussia is also preparing its second and third vaccines, explaining to other world leaders that building a vaccine portfolio was “our common goal.”
The announcement at the G-20 – which includes 19 countries, including the United States, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Japan as well as the European Union – comes as some have expressed doubts about the safety and efficacy of the Russian vaccine. .
Earlier this month, Russia announced that the provisional test data has shown that Sputnik V is 92% effective in protecting individuals against the virus. While the experts noted that it was encouraging, they also pointed out that the data was drawn a small number of 20 volunteers who had contracted COVID-19.
The size of the trial is significantly smaller than the 94 cases of coronavirus contracted by trial participants from drug maker Pfizer and German manufacturing company BioNTech.
Some have speculated that Russia was pressured into making an announcement on the effectiveness of its vaccine, as it came two days after Pfizer said its candidate was over 90% effective.
Final data has since revealed that Pfizer’s vaccine has an efficiency rate of 95% “Against COVID-19 from 28 days after the first dose.”
Pfizer and BioNTech announced on Friday that they had requested an emergency authorization of the Food and Drug Administration.
In addition to the US, companies have already started submissions in Europe and the UK and intend to submit more “in the coming days”. The companies have said they will be ready to distribute the vaccine upon approval.
However, experts have predicted that after federal approval, doses will likely only be available to frontline healthcare workers and other higher risk groups by the end of the year, with sufficient doses for wide distribution to the general public in spring or summer. 2021.
According to coronavirus data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, Russia is currently ranked fifth globally for the total number of COVID-19 infections, with more than 2 million recorded.
The United States currently has the most recorded cases of any country in the world with 12 million infections, followed by India, Brazil and France.