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Venezuela receives shipment of Russian Sputnik-V coronavirus vaccine By Reuters

Venezuela receives shipment of Russian Sputnik-V coronavirus vaccine By Reuters”

Russian Federation began vaccinating members of the general public seen at high risk of coronavirus infection earlier this month, while separately launching a large-scale trial.

A major non-profit health emergencies group has set up a global laboratory network to assess data from potential Covid-19 vaccines, allowing scientists and drugmakers to compare them and speed up selection of the most effective shots. "We granted employees who constantly work from the office (not remotely), at events, and in the field, the option to receive a Sputnik V vaccination", it said in a statement.

The United States should opt into the World Health Organisation-led Covax facility for Covid-19 vaccine distribution, an independent expert panel tapped by top U.S. health officials to advise on vaccine allocation said on Friday (Oct 2).

The head of the country's Ministry of Health, Carlos Alvarado, added that the mass production of the vaccine in Venezuela will begin after the third phase of the drug trial ends in Russian Federation.

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It has agreed with British drugmaker AstraZeneca PLC and US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer receive 120 million doses of vaccine from each company when successfully developed, and is also negotiating with USA firm Moderna Inc. for 40 million doses or more.

The Venezuelan health ministry said that about 2,000 of its nationals will take part in trials of the Russia-developed drug.

Russia's coronavirus vaccine, however, has not been approved by the World Health Organization yet because it has not completed its phase 3 trials which are perceived as crucial to guarantee efficiency and safety. Late stage trials began last month, with the first volunteer of a 40,000-strong cohort vaccinated on September 9.

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