Argentine Province Interested in Producing Russian Vaccine Against COVID-19, Governor Says

Sputnik, 13.08.2020

BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) - The Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego is interested in producing a Russian vaccine against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Governor Gustavo Melella said.

"The provincial government has contacted [Russian Direct Investment Fund] RDIF, the ChemRar group and the Russian Embassy to Argentina to voice our interest in being part of the program for the production and promotion of their Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine," Melella wrote on Twitter.

"We believe that cooperation between countries is necessary to eradicate this pandemic. This vaccine, presented by Russia, is a double-dose scheme that will create long-term immunity, which is very much awaited by citizens," he said.

On 11 August, the Russian Health Ministry registered the world's first Sputnik V vaccine for the prevention of new coronavirus infection (COVID-19), developed by Gamaleya Institute and the Russian Direct Investment Fund. RDIF and partners have invested 4 billion rubles ($54.3 million) in the production of a vaccine against coronavirus in Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin endorsed the vaccine, saying it has passed all necessary checks. RDIF CEO Kirill Dmitriev has said that phase 3 trials would start on Wednesday and would be held abroad as well, namely in the Philippines, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.