Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro expressed gratitude to Russian President Vladimir Putin and its citizens for the supply of the first batch of vaccine against coronavirus infection. He wrote about this on his Twitter account.
“Sputnik V is here! We are the first country in the Western Hemisphere to begin Phase III clinical trials of this coronavirus vaccine, ”Maduro wrote.
The first batch of the Russian coronavirus vaccine arrived in Venezuela on Friday, October 1.
Earlier, Venezuelan Vice President Dalsi Rodriguez said that the country will begin production of Sputnik V on its territory. The head of the Ministry of Health, Carlos Alvarado, added that the mass production of the vaccine in the country will begin after the third phase of the drug trial ends in Russia.
Sputnik V is the first Russian vaccine against coronavirus, launched on 15 August. Citizens from the risk group and doctors will be the first to be vaccinated; mass vaccination of Russians will begin in 2021. According to Murashko, as part of post-registration studies, more than 5.5 thousand people were vaccinated with a domestic drug in Moscow clinics.