Russian Federation markets COVID-19 vaccine to Nigeria

Professor Alexander Gintsburg, director of the Moscow-based Gamaleya Institute that developed the vaccine with assistance from Russia's Defense Ministry, told reporters that the vaccine triggers "sufficient" immune response "to counteract any imaginable dose infecting (a person) with COVID-19".

Last month, the approval from Russian authorities raised concerns among Western scientists over lack of safety data, with some warning that moving too quickly on a vaccine development could be risky.

Russia's Ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Shebarshin, who delivered the memoir to the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, during a visit to the ministry yesterday in Abuja, said he was at the ministry to formally hand over the memoir that explains the details of the vaccine for Nigeria's teams to study and get ready for further researches, patronage and application. This vaccine candidate Sputnik V may get the approval for the release of the first batch this week, Denis Logunov, an associate member of Russian Academy of Sciences, said, Russian news agency TASS reported.

However, the authors noted that participants were only followed for 42 days, the study sample was small and there was no placebo or control vaccine used.

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The report quoted Logunov as saying that the necessary approval could be granted to vaccine in a few days. On August 15, the Russian Health Ministry announced the launch of vaccine production.

Shebarshin said that countries such as U.A.E, Saudi Arabia, Mexico have expressed interest in the Russian COVID-19 Vaccine and requested that Nigeria puts together a team to interface with his Embassy to drive the process of human trials not just for the Russian COVID-19 Vaccine but also to explore further disease and health areas where the Russian Federation has expertise to manage with vaccines.

The Moscow Mayor Sergei Sabianin affirmed to Russia's President Vladimir Putin on a report that the city has already been vaccinated with Sputnik-V, as part of the preparations to the city march to celebrate its 873 anniversary in Covid-19 times.

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