Algeria has become the first country in Africa to register Sputnik V vaccine

Bloomberg, 11.01.2021

MOSCOW, Jan. 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Russian Direct Investment Fund

(RDIF, Russia's sovereign wealth fund) announces the registration of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus by the National Agency of Pharmaceutical Products of People's Democratic Republic of Algeria.

The vaccine was registered under the emergency use authorization procedure. Sputnik V has been registered under the same procedure earlier in Argentina, Bolivia and Serbia. Supplies of the vaccine to Algeria will be facilitated by international partners of RDIF in India, China, South Korea and other countries.

Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, said: "RDIF welcomes the first registration of Sputnik V vaccine in Africa. The supplies of the vaccine to Algeria will help protect the population and support the full recovery of economic activity".

Sputnik V was registered thanks to a number of key advantages:

* Efficacy of Sputnik V is over 90%, with full protection against severe cases of COVID-19.

* The Sputnik V vaccine is based on a proven and well-studied platform of human adenoviral vectors, which cause the common cold and have been around or thousands of years.

* Sputnik V uses two different vectors for the two shots in a course of vaccination, providing immunity with a longer duration than vaccines using the same delivery mechanism for both shots.

* The safety, efficacy and lack of negative long-term effects of adenoviral vaccines have been proven by more than 250 clinical studies over two decades.

* Over 1.5mn people have already been vaccinated with Sputnik V.

* The developers of the Sputnik V vaccine are working collaboratively with AstraZeneca on a joint clinical trial to improve the efficacy of AstraZeneca vaccine.

* The Sputnik V vaccine has been approved in Russia, Belarus, Serbia, Argentina, Bolivia, the process to approve the vaccine in the EU has been initiated.

* There are no strong allergies caused by Sputnik V.

* The storage temperature of Sputnik V at +2+8 C means it can be stored in a conventional refrigerator without any need to invest in additional cold-chain infrastructure.

* The price of Sputnik V is less than $10 per shot, making it affordable around the world.