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Vietnam produces first batch of Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine

Valerie Mai Valerie Mai

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July 22, 2021 | 08:47

The first test batch of the Russian-developed Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19 has been produced in Vietnam, according to an VABIOTECH's announcement Wednesday.

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A medical specialist holds a vial of Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus in a department store in Moscow, Russia, on January 18, 2021. Photo by Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov.

VABIOTECH, one of Vietnam’s leading pharmaceutical companies, and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) on July 21 announced the production of a test batch of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus in Vietnam.

According to VABIOTECH, the made-in-Vietnam Sputnik V vaccine will be used in the national immunization program after the technology transfer is completed and it goes through quality control by Gamaleya Center, the Russian research institute that develops the Sputnik V vaccine.

To date, Sputnik V has been registered in 68 countries with a total population of over 3.7 billion, which is nearly half of the global population. The data obtained by regulators of a number of countries during the vaccination of people in Mexico, Argentina, Serbia, Bahrain, Hungary, the UAE, and others, demonstrates that Sputnik V is one of the safest and most effective vaccines against the coronavirus.

According to VN Express, Russia says the efficacy of the vaccine is 97.6 percent.

In Vietnam, Sputnik V got approval from the Ministry of Health on March 23, 2021, VNA cited.

Vietnam produces first batch of Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine
Sputnik V vaccine is being packaged at VABIOTECH. (Photo: VABIOTECH)

Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, stated that the RDIF and VABIOTECH are actively co-operating in the technology transfer process in order to provide easier access to Sputnik V for the Vietnamese population, VOV cited. “RDIF and VABIOTECH are actively cooperating in the technology transfer process to provide easier access to Sputnik V for the population of Vietnam," he said.

As the pandemic is far from over, whilst new and more dangerous variants of Covid-19 are being detected in various regions worldwide, the RDIF is striving to increase its capacity for production of Sputnik V in order to speed up the vaccination process, he noted.

Meanwhile, Dr. Dat Tuan Do, president of VABIOTECH, expressed his great pleasure at working alongside the RDIF to bring Sputnik V to Vietnamese citizens and boosting the nation’s ongoing fight against the pandemic.

He voiced his hope that continued co-operation between the RDIF and VABIOTECH will serve to provide quality and affordable Covid-19 vaccines to Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries.

Sputnik V is the world's first Covid-19 vaccine. Russian scientist Denis Logunov, who is considered the leading developer of the Sputnik V vaccine, said in a real assessment based on the data of 3.8 million people, that the vaccine was 97.6% effective against Covid-19.

The Gamaleya Institute revealed on June 29 that the Sputnik V vaccine is also roughly 90% effective in preventing the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus which was first identified in India and has spread to more than 100 countries worldwide.

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