“I have a hard time understanding many of my colleagues who are still dividing the pandemic into ‘ours’ and ‘not ours’, slowing the approval of our absolutely safe and effective vaccines,” Russian leader Vladimir Putin said at a government meeting addressing the Covid-19 pandemic. And added, “It is a pointless and futile effort to fight (against the pandemic) separately.”
The regulator has since received “incomplete” clinical data and “hardly any” manufacturing data from Russia’s Gamaleya Institute, the state-run research center that developed Sputnik V, Reuters reported, citing an unnamed source close to the EMA‘s approval process.
The fact that Sputnik V, a viral vector vaccine, is a safe and effective vaccine has been proven by research published in many scientific publications, including the respected medical journal The Lancet.
In addition, Vladimir Putin reiterated his opposition to making it compulsory for citizens to be vaccinated against coronavirus, regarding the discussions that the vaccination rate in his country did not approach what is required for herd immunity.
“We should not impose anything here, but rather explain it. We must convince people of the necessity of being vaccinated, and that only we can prevent the pandemic in this way.” he said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who revealed late last month that he was vaccinated with Sputnik V, has himself been accused of politicizing the pandemic and turning the vaccine into a geopolitical soft-power weapon.