Lack of Sputnik doses hinders Hungary’s Russian vaccination plans
Jan 01 2021
"After several months of serious and committed work with our Russian brothers, we signed an agreement today for the purchase of the first 10 million doses of the Sputnik V vaccine".
Local Argentinian media said Axel Kicillof, governor of the province of Buenos Aires, was among the first in the country to receive the Russian vaccine.
Hungary is unlikely to use Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to inoculate vast swathes of its population because there are not enough doses, according to the Prime Minister Viktor Orban's chief of staff. Individuals will have the right to refuse the vaccine if they wish, the statement added.
While Argentina has received and started rolling out 300,000 doses, some regions of Rusia are reporting to have received only 2,000 doses or less than that till now. President Alberto Fernandez called it the largest vaccination campaign in the country's modern history.
Venezuela began conducting phase three clinical trials of Sputnik V in mid-October, and several high-profile officials, including Maduro's son, Nicolas Maduro Guerra, have received the vaccine. The news has come a few days after the Russian Federation health ministry approved the vaccine for people over the age of 60.
Another 19.7 million doses are supposed to be delivered in January and February.
Argentina, the third largest economy in Latin America, has been hard hit by COVID-19 and logged almost 1.6 million cases of the coronavirus and 42,501 deaths from the disease.
Hungary will buy anti-coronavirus vaccines through the European Union procurement mechanism or directly from China because Russian Federation can not make enough of its rival vaccine to inoculate Hungary's 10 million population, a senior official said on Thursday. Argentina approved the shots two days later.
Russian Federation says the criticism is unfounded.
Russian health officials chose to start offering Sputnik V to people in high-risk groups, such as medical workers and teachers, within weeks of approval.
A nurse shows the Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a clinic in Moscow on December 5, 2020, amid the ongoing coronavirus disease pandemic.
Belarus expects to vaccinate around 200,000 people with Sputnik V in the first part of its national program, health ministry officials say.