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World Putin says Sputnik jabs 'reliable as Kalashnikovs'

02:45  07 may  2021
02:45  07 may  2021 Source:   bbc.com

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  Russia's Sputnik V developers reject Brazil's criticisms Russia's Sputnik V developers reject Brazil's criticismsMOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian developers of Sputnik V rejected Brazil's criticisms of the COVID-19 shot, saying on Tuesday that its refusal to approve the vaccine for use was not justified on scientific grounds.

President Vladimir Putin has heralded Russia's vaccine offering as "reliable as a Kalashnikov assault rifle".

a close up of a bottle: Russia authorised the single-dose version of Sputnik jab on Thursday © RDIF Handout via Reuters Russia authorised the single-dose version of Sputnik jab on Thursday

The comment was made during a video conference on Thursday with Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova.

It came as the country's health officials registered a single-dose version of the Sputnik V vaccine on Thursday, dubbed Sputnik Light.

Mr Putin's comparison referenced the Soviet Union-era weapon that remains popular and widely used still today.

He was quoting a comment originally made by an Austrian doctor earlier this year about the jab's efficacy.

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The Sputnik V vaccine works in a similar way to others developed by Oxford/AstraZeneca and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson. It uses a cold-type virus, engineered to be harmless, as a carrier to deliver a small fragment of the coronavirus to the body.

Critics of the Putin administration were sceptical when the vaccine was given speedy regulatory approval in Moscow last year, but late-stage trials have found it offers high levels of protection against Covid-19.

The two-dose version of the jab has now been authorised in dozens of other countries around the world.

Vladimir Putin wearing a suit and tie: Mr Putin said Russia's vaccines were among the most reliable and safe © Reuters Mr Putin said Russia's vaccines were among the most reliable and safe

Sputnik Light, a single-use version where recipients only get the first jab, was officially authorised in Russia on Thursday.

Russia, facing lags, turns to China to produce Sputnik shots

  Russia, facing lags, turns to China to produce Sputnik shots TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Russia is turning to multiple Chinese firms to manufacture the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in an effort to speed up production as demand soars for its shot. Russia has announced three deals totaling 260 million doses with Chinese vaccine companies in recent weeks. It's a decision that could mean quicker access to a shot for countries in Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa that have ordered Russia's vaccine, as theRussia has announced three deals totaling 260 million doses with Chinese vaccine companies in recent weeks. It's a decision that could mean quicker access to a shot for countries in Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa that have ordered Russia's vaccine, as the U.S.

In a press release, its makers said a single dose had demonstrated 79.4% efficacy during the country's vaccine roll-out.

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"The single-dose regiment allows for immunisation of a larger number of people in a shorter time frame, furthering the fight against the pandemic during the acute phase," the statement said.

The authorisation comes amid an ongoing international row over whether patents should be waived on vaccine technology to boost production.

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Russian authorities have been having so many problems producing second doses of their Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine that Russia probably will be unable to supply enough to people who already got the first dose, Mexican officials said Monday. It's the latest account of production problems for Sputnik V, which the Russian government has been promising to other countries but has not been able to supply in sufficient quantities. Sputnik is unusual among coronavirus vaccines in that the two doses are different and not interchangeable.

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