Venezuelan President Maduro proposed injecting Russia’s Covid-19 vaccine for 14,400 candidates in the upcoming legislative election.
“It would be a good idea to inject Russian vaccines to registered candidates so that they can make their campaign more comfortable,” Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro told TV on September 8. , refers to the congressional parliamentary vote that took place on December 6.
Maduro said some of the Russian vaccines will be shipped to the country in September for clinical trials and by October there will be “other vaccines”, but he did not provide any further details.
Maduro announced last month that he would be the first person in Venezuela to receive the Russian Sputnik V vaccine to “set an example” in the fight against Covid-19. Before Maduro, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte also said he volunteered to give the first Russian-made vaccine to show his trust and gratitude.
The Russian Covid-19 vaccine, dubbed Sputnik V, was the first vaccine in the world approved by the government and put into production, although Phase Three clinical trials have not yet been completed. Russian officials say about 20 countries have expressed concern about their Covid-19 vaccine.
The Russian Ministry of Health on September 7 announced that the first batch of Sputnik V vaccines had been put into circulation on the same day. The country plans to increase vaccine production up to 200 million doses by the end of this year, of which 30 million doses are for domestic vaccination.
Western scientists have repeatedly expressed concerns about the pace of Russian vaccine development, saying that researchers in this country may have “burned the stage”. However, the Russian Minister of Health confirmed that the vaccine’s doubts are “unfounded”.
Ngoc Anh (According to the Reuters)