“Russia is ready to provide Sputnik V to all countries that need it”

Doha.- Russian President Vladimir Putin said this Saturday, at the opening of the G20 virtual summit, that “the vaccine against COVID-19 must be available to all and Russia is ready to provide it to all countries that need it” .

“Without a doubt, drugs for immunization should be in the public domain. Of course our country, Russia, is willing to provide vaccines made by our scientists to those who need them,” said the president, as reviewed Sputnik.

Putin stressed that Russia supports the key project of the current summit, which aims to ensure that efficient and safe vaccines are available to all.

In this context, the Russian leader told the meeting participants about three vaccines against COVID-19 developed in Russia, including Sputnik V – from the Russian Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology Nikolai Gamaleya – which is based on human adenovirus type 26 and in recombinant human adenovirus type 5.

“The second vaccine, EpiVacCorona from the Scientific Center for Virology and Biotechnology (Vector), based in Novosibirsk, is also ready. The third Russian vaccine is on the way,” he said.

The third vaccine was developed by the Russian Center for Research and Development of Immunobiological Substances Chumakov whose clinical trials are ongoing.

The president indicated that despite the fact that in the context of the production of vaccines against COVID-19 competition is inevitable, it must “be based, above all, on humanitarian reasons and put them in the foreground.”

“The scale of the pandemic forces us to use all available resources and projects. Our common goal is to create a portfolio of vaccines and drugs and provide the world’s population with safe protection,” he said.

He stressed that the World Health Organization (WHO) has no alternative but must modernize: “In general, the G20 must continue to seek common approaches to reform the World Trade Organization in accordance with contemporary challenges.”

The Russian leader also stressed that the world community faces unprecedented challenges this year.

“The coronavirus epidemic, global lockdown, and economic activity freeze led to a systemic economic crisis that the modern world probably hadn’t known since the Great Depression,” Putin said.

In this situation, massive unemployment is the main risk, followed by growth in poverty and social precariousness, he pointed out.

The telematics meeting of the G20 is held from November 21 to 22 and, as scheduled, will end with the signing of a declaration by Riyadh.

The block is made up of: Germany, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, South Korea, the United States, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Russia, South Africa, Turkey and the European Union.

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