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Creators of Sputnik V vaccine claim “strong protection” against omicron: “Twice higher” than Pfizer

The creators of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V claimed this Thursday a “strong protection” against the omicron variant of the covid-19, adding to similar statements by President Vladimir Putin.

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The Russian Sovereign Wealth Fund stated that its vaccine has “a neutralizing effect on viral activity twice as high” as that of its competitor Pfizer, citing a study by the Italian laboratory Spallanzani in association with researchers from the Gamaleya Center, inventor of Sputnik V.

Putin recently said that the Russian vaccine was “more effective than the others used in the world” against the highly contagious omicron variant.

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In Latin America, Argentina was at the end of 2020 the first country to standardize the Sputnik V, a vaccine already approved by 69 nations that is also applied in Mexico, Guatemala, Venezuela and Bolivia, among other states in the region.

The statements of the creators of Sputnik It takes place at a time when the city of Moscow registered this Thursday a record of new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, with 11,557 infections.

Russia, the country in Europe with the most deaths covid-19, registered 324,060 deaths from the disease since the start of the pandemic, according to figures from the authorities. But a count by the national statistics agency Rosstat reported more than 600,000 deaths from the pandemic at the end of November.

The Russian government is having trouble convincing citizens to get vaccinated, despite having Sputnik V at their disposal. Less than half the population is fully vaccinated today.

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