Sputnik V authorized in Lebanon

Press release, 05.02.2021

Moscow, February 5, 2021 – The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF, Russia’s sovereign wealth fund) announces the registration of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus by the Ministry of Health of Lebanon.

The vaccine was approved under the emergency use authorization procedure without additional clinical trials in the country. 

Sputnik V had been approved earlier in Russia, Belarus, Argentina, Bolivia, Serbia, Algeria, Palestine, Venezuela, Paraguay, Turkmenistan, Hungary, UAE, Iran, Republic of Guinea, Tunisia, Armenia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Republika Srpska (entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina). 

Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, said: 

“To date Sputnik V has been included in the national portfolio of vaccines against coronavirus by 20 countries, and this number will be increasing. Approval granted by the Ministry of Health will provide the population of Lebanon access to one of the best vaccines in the world.” 

Sputnik V has a number of key advantages:

·      Efficacy of Sputnik V is 91.6% as confirmed by the data published in the Lancet, one of the world's oldest and most respected medical journals; it is one of only three vaccines in the world with efficacy of over 90%; Sputnik V provides 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 for 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.

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

·      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.

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Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) is Russia's sovereign wealth fund established in 2011 to make equity co-investments, primarily in Russia, alongside reputable international financial and strategic investors. RDIF acts as a catalyst for direct investment in the Russian economy. RDIF’s management company is based in Moscow. Currently, RDIF has experience of the successful joint implementation of more than 80 projects with foreign partners totaling more than RUB2 tn and covering 95% of the regions of the Russian Federation. RDIF portfolio companies employ more than 800,000 people and generate revenues which equate to more than 6% of Russia’s GDP. RDIF has established joint strategic partnerships with leading international co-investors from more than 18 countries that total more than $40 bn. Further information can be found at www.rdif.ru

For additional information contact:

Alexey Urazov                                                 Andrew Leach / Maria Shiryaevskaya
Russian Direct Investment Fund                                 Hudson Sandler
Director for External Communications               Tel: +44 (0) 20 7796 4133 
Mobile: +7 915 312 76 65                         
E-mail: Alexey.Urazov@rdif.ru