“The two sides also discussed cooperation in fighting Coronavirus infection, in particular the prospect of using the Russian Sputnik V vaccine in Saudi Arabia,” the Kremlin said in a statement.
“The Russian leader and the Saudi crown prince also agreed to continue contact at various levels,” he continued, as reported by Sputnik on Sunday (18/10/2020). (Also read: Again, Russia Passes Covid-19 Vaccine Without Phase 3 Trials)
In September, Saudi company Saudi Chemical and the Russian Direct Investment Fund signed a memorandum of understanding on the supply of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to the kingdom.
Regarding vaccines, previously Russian health authorities again approved a Covid-19 vaccine made by a former biological weapons research laboratory for public use. This is the second time the Kremlin has passed scientific protocol while trying to combat the pandemic.
Putin said the vaccine developed by the Vector State Center for Virology and Biotechnology in Siberia was registered. “We need to increase production of the first vaccine and now we are the second,” said Putin.
The drug Vector was registered before completing the Phase 3 trial, two months after Putin announced approval of Sputnik V as the world’s first coronavirus vaccine. (Also read: The Gait of the First Saudi Arabian Woman to Win an Olympic Medal)
Even so, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Tatyana Golikova said the vaccine is safe and the first 60,000 doses will be produced soon. He told Putin that he had already tried the vaccine and had not experienced any side effects.