(News 24h) – An Italian diplomat criticizes efforts to politicize the vaccine sector, especially the Sputnik V vaccine.
On January 19, Italy’s special envoy to Russia Pasquale Terracciano announced that he had just been vaccinated against the Russian-made Sputnik V. The vaccination went well, the Italian diplomat said.
|Italian Ambassador to Russia Pasquale Terracciano. Photo: Sputnik|
“I had the Russian vaccine that was announced in August 2020, the Sputnik V vaccine. I did not experience any specific side effects. I will test for antibodies in the near future “- Mr. Terracciano said.
In his statement, Ambassador Terracciano also criticized efforts from several countries to politicize the Sputnik V vaccine and Russia’s health care program.
He found it “extremely regrettable” that during a pandemic, there were attempts to “politicize” the problem of vaccination and the provision of care.
The diplomat said he has no intention of comparing different vaccines and determining which one is best, emphasizing that the Italian government believes it is important to cooperate with all countries in the field. this area.
Russia’s Sputnik V – the world’s first registered coronavirus vaccine – now ranks among the top 10 on the World Health Organization’s list of vaccine candidates nearing the end of clinical trials and beginning of mass production . Tests in Russia have confirmed that the vaccine is 91.4% effective.
But as soon as it was announced in Russia, Sputnik V was met with a lot of criticism and distrust from Western countries.
The Russian vaccine maker said it has received orders for 1.2 billion doses of vaccine from more than 50 countries. Third stage clinical trials have been planned or have been conducted in a number of countries, including Belarus, United Arab Emirates, India, Egypt and Brazil.
In the latest developments, on January 19, the Russian Agency for the protection of health and consumer rights (Rospotrebnadzor) announced that the immunological effect of the EpiVacCorona vaccination method developed by Russia reached 100%. .
|EpiVacCorona vaccine developed by Russia 100%.|
EpiVacCorona is a COVID-19 vaccine developed by the Vector State Center for Virus and Biotechnology (referred to as Vector Institute) outside of Novosibirsk – Russia.
Unlike Sputnik V, the vector vaccine is based on adenovirus, EpiVacCorona is peptide-based and promising synthetic platform. It consists of short, artificially synthesized viral proteins that help the immune system learn to recognize and neutralize the virus.
Norway denies Pfizer vaccination causes death in the elderly
Camilla Stoltenberg, director of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI), denied a link between the Pfizer vaccine and the deaths of 29 elderly people in nursing homes following vaccination in the country.
There are about 30 reported deaths among frail elderly people in Norwegian nursing homes who received the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine – BioNTech. Norwegian authorities assessed, out of these, 13 reported deaths were likely related to the Covid-19 vaccination.
On January 15, the Norwegian authorities said: “In Norway we are vaccinating Covid-19 for the elderly and those in nursing homes with potentially serious illnesses, therefore, it is expected. Death could occur close to the time of vaccination ”.
On average, Norway has about 400 people die each week in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
“We cannot rule out that adverse vaccine reactions occurring in the first days after vaccination (such as fever and nausea) could contribute to more severe progression and mortality outcomes. in patients with serious latent illness “, the Norwegian authorities announced.
Mr. Steinar Madsen, Medical Director of the Norwegian Pharmaceutical Agency (NOMA), said the Pfizer vaccination deployment is continuing.
“But we have made some adjustments for the doctors to see. All these patients are nursing home patients, the expected lifespans are very short. If they are terminally ill, Doctors should consider not vaccinating them, “he said.