Sputnik V showed 97.8% efficacy in UAE; no adverse cases seen, says RDIF

Published on Jun 29, 2021 03:54 PM IST
  • Sputnik V is “one of the best Covid vaccines in the world” and its inoculation helps in creating a durable immunity and also to return to a normal life, RDIF CEO Kirill Dmitriev said in a statement
The Drug Controllers General of India (DCGI) approved Sputnik V for emergency use in India besides Covishield and Covaxin.(REUTERS)
The Drug Controllers General of India (DCGI) approved Sputnik V for emergency use in India besides Covishield and Covaxin.(REUTERS)
By | Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Avik Roy

The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) on Tuesday released a statement, citing that its coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine Sputnik V has confirmed 97.8% efficacy among more than 81,000 people in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), news agency ANI reported.

The RDIF said that the UAE’s health ministry confirmed Sputnik V’s efficacy to the former during a vaccination campaign. The Russian government agency added that the analysis of the efficacy is on the basis of data collected on June 8, according to a report published by news agency ANI. The vaccine is fully effective against severe infections and there were no instances of adverse aftermath after vaccination, the report added.

RDIF CEO Kirill Dmitriev said that inoculating the Russian vaccine helps in creating “durable immunity among the population and provides for lifting the restrictions and returning to normal life.”

He further termed the Sputnik V as “one of the best Covid vaccines in the world” as confirmed by data from Bahrain, Hungary, Mexico, Serbia, Argentina, San Marino, and other nations.

Recently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) released a summary report of its preliminary findings during a visit to a Sputnik V vaccine filling site in Russian capital of Moscow from May 31-June 4. The report detailed the identification of around six issues related to the monitoring and control aseptic operation and filling of the vaccine, news agency PTI reported.

“Identified concerns with the implementation of an appropriate Environmental Monitoring Program to monitor and control the aseptic operation and filling of Gam-COVID-Vac,” the WHO said in its interim report.

The Sputnik V, which has so far been registered in 67 countries worldwide with a total population of more than 3.5 billion people, is awaiting a nod from the WHO. Earlier this month, Dmitriev told reporters that the approval from the public health agency is expected to come within two months.

Notably, India had approved Sputnik V for emergency use in April 2021 following “positive results of local Phase 3 clinical study,” the official Twitter account of the vaccine stated.

At the time, India had become the 60th nation to give a nod to the vaccine. Dr Reddy’s laboratories tied up with the RDIF earlier this year to roll out the first 125 million people doses of Sputnik V (250 million vials) across India. It has also received at least 3 million doses of the Russian vaccine, which is the third vaccine to have received approval from the Drug Controllers General of India (DCGI) besides Serum Institute of India’s (SII) Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • A Russian serviceman patrols the territory of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station in Energodar. (Photo by Andrey BORODULIN/AFP)

    Russia, Ukraine trade accusations over nuclear plant attacks

    The Kremlin echoed that Monday, claiming that Kyiv was attacking the plant and urging Western powers to force a stop to that. Ukraine's military intelligence spokesman, Andriy Yusov, countered that Russian forces have planted explosives at the plant to head off an expected Ukrainian counteroffensive in the region.

  • The Russian military said that Ukrainian shelling of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant on Sunday caused a power surge and fire and forced staff to lower output from two reactors. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

    Kremlin accuses Kyiv of shelling nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia

    The Kremlin accused Ukrainian forces on Monday of firing on Europe's largest nuclear power plant in occupied Ukraine and warned that the alleged attacks could have "catastrophic consequences". Kyiv said Moscow was responsible and called for the area to be demilitarised, saying two employees had been wounded in recent attacks. Fighting continued meanwhile along battle lines stretching across eastern Ukraine, and Russia continued its crackdown on dissent at home.

  • TTP Mohmand chief Omar Khalid Khurasani, aka Abdul Wali.

    Pakistani militant with $3 million US bounty killed in Afghanistan: Report

    A senior Pakistani militant with $3 million US bounty on Abdul Wali, also known as Omar Khalid Khurasani's head has been killed along with three aides in neighbouring Afghanistan, three militant commanders and an intelligence official said on Monday. Khurasani and his aides were killed in an explosion from an apparent roadside bomb while travelling in a car in southeastern province of Paktia on Sunday, the sources told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

  • The Security Council's consultations will take place on Monday afternoon in New York.

    UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting on Monday over Gaza fighting

    The UN Security Council was to hold an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss the situation in Gaza, where a truce is holding between Islamic Jihad militants and Israel after three days of deadly conflict. China, which holds the presidency of the Security Council in August, announced the emergency meeting on Saturday, with Ambassador Zhang Jun expressing his concern over Gaza's worst fighting since an 11-day war last year.

  • File photo of cracked and dry earth on the banks of Le Broc lake, as a historical drought hits France, August 5, 2022.

    France in midst of 4th heat wave amid historic drought

    France was in the midst of its fourth heat wave of the year Monday as the country faces what the government warned is its worst drought on record. Read US Senate poised to pass Biden's cornerstone climate and health bill The high temperatures aren't helping firefighters battling a wildfire in the Chartreuse Mountains, near the Alps in eastern France, where authorities have evacuated around 140 people.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Tuesday, August 09, 2022
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now