Argentina is the testing ground for the global vaccine campaign in Moscow

Argentina is the testing ground for the global vaccine campaign in Moscow

Russia sells millions of doses of the domestic Sputnik V vaccine abroad, making it a major supplier of a dose that could give Moscow value A slice of the global Covid-19 vaccine market And Russia is likely to gain geopolitical influence in the developing world.

Argentina is the first major country outside of Russia to start pollinating Sputnik on a large scale. However, putting it there has highlighted questions about a lack of transparency about Sputnik V’s state-sponsored effectiveness, which has sparked some mistrust among Argentines about his safety.

Moscow approved the Sputnik V for domestic use in August before the trials were completed. Trial data Released since then showed Sputnik was 91.4% effective In protecting people from Covid-19, a peer-reviewed study is expected to be published in the coming weeks. About a million The Russians got the shot.

Other countries were quick to buy a vaccine that was cheaper than Western alternatives. Sputnik V, named after the Soviet satellite launched into orbit during the Cold War, is ranked third in the world by doses requested by middle- and low-income countries, according to the Duke University Global Health Innovation Center, ahead of Pfizer Inc. . Moderna and Chinese Vaccine Company. Eight countries outside Russia have allowed the shot to be used in emergency situations.

However, Sputnik V has not been approved by Western health authorities or cleared by the World Health Organization, on which many developing countries rely to screen for vaccines. Russia has started talks with the European Medicines Agency about approving the injection in the European Union and has applied for permission from the World Health Organization.

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