Russia says Saudi Arabia will test controversial virus vaccine

Source : 112 Ukraine

Russians are working with a pharmaceutical company in the kingdom and have shared data from Phase I and Phase II trials with Saudi partner
14:20, 17 August 2020

Russia, Saudi Arabia and the UAE agreed that the Russian controversial coronavirus vaccine will be tested in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Bloomberg reported that, quoting Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund.

"We’ll really engage with Saudi scientists and the Saudi Health Ministry," Dmitriev said. "We believe that Saudi will be a very strong partner for our joint work on the Sputnik V vaccine."

Previously, Russia approved the domestically-made vaccine for tests - and even before these took place, the government allowed massive inoculation. Many pharmaceutical companies and scientists called this move quite risky.

Related: Russia's Sputnik vaccine gamble is all about Vladimir Putin

The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the world exceeded 21.29 million; over the last 24 hours, the number increased by more than 267,000. According to the WHO data released on Sunday, the overall number of lethal outcomes increased by almost 6,000, making 761,000 in total.

The WHO data only takes into account officially confirmed cases of infection and death, provided by governments.

Most of the cases of infection with coronavirus is observed in the Americas (11.4 million). Over the last 24 hours, the number of infected increased by 149,645. 3,842 deceased, making the overall number of victims 414,326.

Related: First batch of coronavirus vaccine produced in Russia

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