Brazil Refuses to Import Russia’s Sputnik Vaccine – The Brazilian health regulator, Anvisa, on Monday (26/4) refused the import of the Russian-made Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine.

Earlier, state governors filed a request for a license to import the vaccine in a bid to fight a second wave of the deadly coronavirus in Latin America’s largest country.

The five-member Anvisa Council agreed not to approve the Russian vaccine after technical staff highlighted “inherent risks” and “serious” defects, referring to information that guarantees its safety, quality and effectiveness.

The general manager for health surveillance, Ana Carolina Moreira Marino Araujo, said that after consideration of the documentation provided, the data collected during the in-person inspection and information from other regulators, “are inherent risks. “that there is too big.

A crucial issue is the presence of adenovirus in reproducible vaccines, a “serious” flaw, according to Anvisa’s biological products and pharmaceuticals manager Gustavo Mendes.

The Sputnik V injection has been approved in a number of countries around the world. Russian scientists said the vaccine was 97.6 percent effective against COVID-19 in a “real world” assessment based on data from 3.8 million people, said Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute and Russia’s Direct Investment Fund last week.

However, like Anvisa, the European Union has not yet approved the vaccine, saying that more information is needed regarding the trial and manufacturing process.

Brazil’s vaccination program has been plagued by delays and a number of failed purchases, turning the country into one of the deadliest COVID-19 hot spots this year and pushing the national health system to the brink of collapse.

So far, 27.3 million people in Brazil, about 13 percent of the population, have received the first dose, according to health ministry data.

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Brazil has reported 14.4 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus and nearly 400,000 deaths since the pandemic began more than a year ago, most of them in recent months. (mdk/pan)

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