Vietnam has approved the Covid-19 vaccine called Sputnik V from Russia and continues looking for supplies of COVID-19 vaccines.
|As a preliminary result, two doses of Sputnik V were found to be highly effective and responded well to volunteers over 18 years of age |
Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, also named Gam-COVID-Vac, has been conditionally approved due to the urgent need in the prevention and control of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the second COVID-19 vaccine approved by Vietnam, after the AstraZeneca vaccine of the United Kingdom.
According to the results of the interim analysis of phase 3 trials published in The Lancet, the vaccine was 91.6 per cent effective. As a preliminary result, two doses of Sputnik V are highly effective and responded well to volunteers over 18 years old. It is one of the three COVID-19 vaccines in the world that are more than 90 per cent effective (AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine).
On March 16, a batch of 1,000 Sputnik V vaccines was presented to Vietnam by Russia on the occasion of the working trip of the Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, Nikolai Patrushev.
Shortly after arriving at Noi Bai airport, the patch of 1,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccine were transferred to cold storage at the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology by the Ministry of Health.
Sputnik V has been approved for use in more than 50 countries. Last December, Belarus became the first country outside Russia to approve Sputnik V. In Europe, where the vaccine campaign was slow due to lack of supply, officials began to look to Sputnik V. On March 4, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) began a performance evaluation for the product. In Southeast Asia, the vaccine has been approved in Laos and Myanmar.
This is the second COVID-19 vaccine approved urgently by Vietnam, after the vaccine by AstraZeneca. So far, 117,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine were delivered to Vietnam in mid-February to be used from March 8 to vaccinate priority groups. To date, more than 36,000 people have been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine.