During a speech at the UN General Assembly in September, Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested that the organization's employees be provided with the Russian vaccine against the COVID-19 coronavirus free of charge. Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN Vassily Nebenzia did not rule out that the vaccine developers would present it at the UN headquarters.
"On Wednesday, December 2, a presentation of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine will take place. Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko, Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, and head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Kirill Dmitriyev, will take part in the event," Strzhizhovsky said.
He said a virtual event titled "Sputnik V: Vaccine Against COVID-19" will be held on the sidelines of a special session of the UN General Assembly. During the meeting, detailed information on the Russian vaccine will be presented.
In August, Russia's Health Ministry registered the world's first vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19, developed by the Gamaleya Research Center. Named Sputnik V, the Russian vaccine is based on a well-studied and validated human adenoviral vector platform, the important benefits of which are safety, efficacy and an absence of long-term adverse effects.