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Saudi Arabia Opens Borders to Visitors Vaccinated With Sputnik V

© REUTERS / DADO RUVICA vial labelled "Sputnik V coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine" is seen in this illustration picture taken on 2 May 2021.
A vial labelled Sputnik V coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine is seen in this illustration picture taken on 2 May 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 05.12.2021
The jab based on a well-studied human adenovirus vector platform has been approved for use in 71 countries with a total population of 4 billion people. A comparative study of five vaccines conducted in Hungary showed that Sputnik V has the highest efficacy (98 percent) against preventing COVID-19-linked mortality.
Saudi Arabia has joined 101 countries accepting visitors vaccinated with the Sputnik V inoculation, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has announced. All individuals vaccinated with the Russian-made vaccine will be allowed to visit the country starting from 1 January 2022. The decision was made during a meeting between the kingdom's Health Minister Fahad Al-Jalajel, Saudi Minister of Investment Khalid Al-Falih, and RDIF CEO Kirill Dmitriev.

The decision will enable Muslims from all over the world vaccinated with Sputnik V to participate in the Hajj and the Umrah pilgrimages to Islam's holiest sites, located in the Saudi Arabian cities of Mecca and Medina. Upon entering the country, individuals vaccinated with Sputnik V will be required to quarantine for 48 hours and take a PCR test.

The move will also increase the tourist flow to Saudi Arabia as the country has reopened its borders to vaccinated tourists and strengthen business ties between Riyadh and Moscow.

Sputnik V is the world's first registered inoculation against COVID-19. The vaccine, developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute, showed high efficacy against the infection. The data published in one of the world's leading medical journal, The Lancet, showed that the inoculation is 91.6 percent effective against symptomatic infection. A recent study conducted in Hungary showed that Sputnik V is the most effective vaccine against preventing COVID-19-linked mortality.
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