CARACAS, Venezuela – President Nicolas Maduro said Sunday his government has agreed to buy 10 million doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19, according to reports, while the international community is skeptic about its effectiveness.
The vaccines will come in the first quarter of 2021, Maduro said at an event in Caracas broadcast on government television, sources quoted him adding “Venezuela will manufacture the Russian vaccine in the Venezuelan laboratories.”
In August, Russia became the first country to register COVID-19 vaccine, which it named Sputnik V after the world’s first satellite launched into space in 1957.
However, the announcement came in with skepticism among the international community, doubting the effectiveness of the vaccine as it did not finish the phase 3 trial.
Its developers reported initial test results showing the vaccine to be 92 percent effective, two days after pharma giant Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech said Phase 3 results found their vaccine to be more than 90 percent effective, injecting hope into the battle against the virus, ABS-CBN News reported.
Since the first outbreak of the virus in March, the Venezuelan government has confirmed 96,933 infections and 848 deaths, while critique suggested the figures are underreported.
SOURCE: News Agencies