Nigeria approves Russia's Sputnik V COVID vaccine for use

ANI, 15.07.2021

Moscow [Russia], July 15 (ANI): The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) on Thursday announced the approval of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control of Nigeria (NAFDAC).

An official release stated that Nigeria has become the 68th country in the world to approve the Russian vaccine. The total population of all countries where Sputnik V is approved for use now exceeds 3.7 billion people, which is nearly half of the global population.

"Real-world data obtained during vaccination with Sputnik V in a number of countries (Argentina, San-Marino, Serbia, Hungary, Bahrain, Mexico, UAE, Philippines among others) demonstrate that Sputnik V is one of the safest and most effective vaccines against coronavirus," the release said.

The Russian vaccine ranks second among coronavirus vaccines globally in terms of the number of approvals issued by government regulators, the RDIF said.