23:54 GMT28 November 2020
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The role of Russia is very important in the search for a coronavirus vaccine and the vaccine that Russia has registered received international recognition and played its part, Vice President of Venezuela Delcy Rodriguez said Friday.

    "We are searching for vaccine. And The role of Russia is very important her. Russia is an important state in terms of medical science. Gamaleya vaccine is recognized on the international level. The emergence of this vaccine is very important for whole humanity," Rodriguez said during her visit to Moscow.

    Venezuela expects to localize the production of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 on its territory, Delcy Rodriguez said.

    "We have already received 2,000 doses of Russian Sputnik V vaccine to take part in the third phase of clinical trials ... And we are in constant contact with the vaccine developers in order to be able to produce it in our country," Rodriguez said.

    Answering a question about the stage of the discussion of possible production localization, Rodriguez said that Caracas offered not only to buy the Russian vaccine but also to produce it in Venezuela.

    The vice president added that Venezuelan representatives intend to meet with Russian developers of Sputnik V vaccine to discuss all the aspects of cooperation.

    In early October, Russia delivered the first batch of its Sputnik-V coronavirus vaccine to Venezuela — the first country in the Western Hemisphere to participate in phase 3 clinical trials of the vaccine.

    Earlier, Maduro said that the Chinese coronavirus vaccine and Russia's Sputnik-V would be supplied to Venezuela in December and January 2021 to help the nation start administering vaccines to the most vulnerable categories of citizens, such as doctors, teachers, the elderly and those who suffer from chronic conditions.

    Sputnik V, the world's first registered vaccine against the coronavirus, has shown 92 percent efficacy based on the first interim analysis obtained 21 days after volunteers received the first vaccination.

    Many foreign countries have already signed agreements with Russia on the supplies of Sputnik V vaccine.

    COVID-19, Venezuela, Russia
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