The Russian President made the remarks during a virtual interaction with senior editors of international news agencies and denied concerns about the effectiveness of Sputnik V.
File image of Vladimir Putin. AP
St. Petersburg: As Indian companies prepare to manufacture the Russian-made Sputnik-V anti-COVID vaccine to meet huge demand in the country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that Russia was the only country in the world willing to transfer technology and expand production abroad, and found that the vaccine was sold in 66 countries.
The Russian President’s remarks came a day after officials in New Delhi announced that the Serum Institute of India has received preliminary approval from the country’s Medicines Agency to manufacture Sputnik V. As early as April 2021, the Indian pharmaceutical company Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories received the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Russian vaccine. Panacea Biotec has also started production of the Sputnik-V vaccine in India in cooperation with the Russian sovereign wealth fund RDIF.
The Russian President rejected concerns about the effectiveness of the Sputnik-V vaccine and said during a virtual interaction Senior editors of major international news outlets, including the Press Trust of India, Associated Press and Reuters, said the delay in registering the vaccine in Europe was due to a « competitive battle » and « commercial interests » there.
Because China by some Countries, particularly the US, blamed for the COVID pandemic, Putin said too much had been said on the subject and stressed that the crisis should not be « politicized ».
Last week, US President Joe Biden announced that he has ordered further intelligence investigations into the origins of COVID-19 as the coronavirus was extracted from a laboratory in the c Hesse city of Wuhan, with former US President Donal Trump demanding a fine on the Asian country for the « death and destruction » it has caused.
« Too much has been said on this subject, so it seems pointless to me to give further comments on it. I don’t think I can say anything new or fascinating, « Putin said through a translator.
Putin realized that there was competition against Sputnik V and said, » In 66 countries we sell our vaccine, it is a huge market for us. I’m pretty sure the allegations are for commercial reasons, but we are pursuing humanitarian reasons. ” »
He continued: « It is recognized by international experts, the vaccine is efficient, its effectiveness is 97.6 Percent. We are the only country in the world willing to transfer technology and expand our production abroad. «
Putin also expressed the hope that the challenges posed by the novel coronavirus pandemic would lead countries to become political to lift motivated restrictions against each other.
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