Panama plans to purchase 3 million doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine. The corresponding letter to the Russian Direct Investment Fund was sent by the head of the Panamanian Ministry of Health Luis Sucre. The document is cited by Reuters, La Estrella de Panama and La Prensa.
“Our geographic location makes us one of the most important air, land and maritime hubs in the region and puts us at greater risk than other countries,” Reuters quotes an excerpt from the document.
According to the agency, the Panamanian government intends to issue a license to Sputnik V for emergency use of the drug.
Panama has a population of 4.25 million.
Earlier, on February 2, the medical journal Lancet published the results of the third phase of tests of “Sputnik V” conducted by the Moscow branch of the Dutch contract research organization Crocus Medical. The study found the COVID-19 vaccine to be 91.6 percent effective. The WHO considered the given data as proof of the effectiveness of the drug.
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On February 3, Mexico approved the emergency use of Sputnik V. At the time, RDIF noted that the country became the first in North America and 17th in the world to issue registration to the drug.