World Maduro says Venezuela will soon receive Russia's single-dose Sputnik Light vaccine
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.
CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday the single-dose Russian Sputnik Light vaccine will soon arrive in Venezuela as the country struggles with rising cases of coronavirus.
Russia has authorized the use of the Sputnik Light version of its COVID-19 vaccine, a move that could help vaccine supplies go further in countries with high infection rates.
"In May vaccination will accelerate and have widespread growth and June, July and August will be the months of a vaccination offensive," Maduro said in a live broadcast on state television.
Russia 'Unlikely' to Meet Promised 630M Target for COVID Vaccine Doses, Now Partnering with China
Russia, scrambling to meet the ambitious inoculation goals it set when it first authorized its Sputnik V vaccine, will team with Chinese manufacturers to accelerate production of the vaccine in time for its target deadlines. © Pavel Golovkin, File/AP Photo In this Dec. 10, 2020, file photo, a Russian medical worker prepares a shot of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in Moscow. 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.
Venezuela is aiming for 70% of its population to be vaccinated by August, he added.
The country, with a population of about 30 million, has received 1.4 million vaccines from Russia and China, according to the health ministry.
The Maduro government made a first payment of $64 million dollars to enter the World Health Organization's (WHO) Global Access Fund for COVID-19 Vaccines or COVAX which provides vaccines to poorer nations. It has rejected doses of AstraZeneca's vaccine, citing side effects.
The Pan American Health Organization said it had indications that the second payment for COVAX was in process.
The president of Venezuela's Congress and former minister Jorge Rodriguez recently told Reuters that Venezuela is interested in acquiring the Johnson & Johnson vaccine under the COVAX scheme, but they were waiting for more information about its side effects.
During the broadcast Maduro mentioned and described the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as "quite good," and it is also a single dose, but did not specify whether the country would receive it.
The South American nation has registered 209,162 cases of the coronavirus and 2,304 deaths in the pandemic, although critics argue the real figures are likely higher due to lack of testing and transparency.
(Reporting by Sarah Kinosian; Editing by Toby Chopra)
Mexico: Russia's Sputnik V shortages mean limited 2nd doses .
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.