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Venezuela the first foreign country to join trials of Russian vaccine

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Venezuela the first foreign country to join trials of Russian vaccine


05.10.2020

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Venezuela is the first non-CIS country to test the Russian Sputnik V vaccine. On October 2, a consignment of medication developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology was delivered to the country. At the moment, the vaccine is also being tested in Belarus, with plans to expand international participation in research, RIA Novosti reports.

In Venezuela, the tests will begin in the near future, it is planned to attract 2,000 volunteers. According to the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund Kirill Dmitriev, confidence in the Russian vaccine is growing all over the world, including the countries of Latin America.

Kirill Dmitriev stressed that the Russian drug would help Venezuela in resisting the virus, and expressed his readiness to provide assistance to other countries in the region. According to him, tests are planned in Brazil, India, the United Arab Emirates and other states.

Venezuelan Deputy Prime Minister Dalsi Rodriguez announced that the country planned to open production of Sputnik V, which could begin after the completion of the third phase of testing. The Deputy Prime Minister stressed that this became possible due to strategic cooperation with Russia.

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