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Brazil becomes the 62nd country in the world to authorize Sputnik V vaccine

Brazil is the most populated country of Latin America to approve the use of Sputnik V

Total population of the countries where Sputnik V is approved for use exceeds 3.2 billion people

Moscow, April 26, 2021 – The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF, Russia’s sovereign wealth fund) announces the decision of the National Health Surveillance Agency of Brazil (ANVISA) to grant a license for import and use of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus in the country.

Brazil has become the 62-nd country to authorize the use of Sputnik V. Total population of the countries where Sputnik V is approved for use exceeds 3.2 billion people. Post-vaccination studies in a number of countries demonstrate that Sputnik V is the safest and most effective vaccine against coronavirus. Sputnik V ranks second among coronavirus vaccines globally in terms of the number of approvals issued by government regulators.

The approval of the use of Sputnik V is an important milestone in cooperation between Russia and Brazil to overcome the pandemic. The vaccine was authorized for import and use by ANVISA based on results of clinical trials in Russia and a comprehensive assessment of the data on the vaccine by experts of the regulator. In April a delegation of ANVISA specialists visited production sites in Russia. A full-scale industrial production of Sputnik V is also being launched in Brazil.

Sputnik V has also been approved in Russia, Belarus, Argentina, Bolivia, Serbia, Algeria, Palestine, Venezuela, Paraguay, Turkmenistan, Hungary, UAE, Iran, Republic of Guinea, Tunisia, Armenia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Republika Srpska (entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina), Lebanon, Myanmar, Pakistan, Mongolia, Bahrain, Montenegro, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Gabon, San-Marino, Ghana, Syria, Kyrgyzstan, Guyana, Egypt, Honduras, Guatemala, Moldova, Slovakia, Angola, Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Sri Lanka, Laos, Iraq, North Macedonia, Kenya, Morocco, Jordan, Namibia, Azerbaijan, Philippines, Cameroon, Seychelles, Mauritius, Vietnam, Antigua and Barbuda, Mali, Panama, India and Nepal.

Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, said:

“The decision by ANVISA to authorize the import and use of Sputnik V in Brazil is a landmark event in cooperation between our countries aimed at the joint fight against coronavirus. Brazil will obtain access to one of the best COVID vaccines in the world and will become the most populated country of Latin America to use it. Sputnik V is already widely used in a number of countries in the Central and South America. Currently a full-scale industrial production of Sputnik V is being launched in Brazil, which will help to significantly speed up the vaccination of the population. We are looking forward to further effective cooperation with all partners in the country to save lives and overcome the pandemic.”

Sputnik V has a number of key advantages:

  • Efficacy of Sputnik V is 97.6% based on the analysis of data on the coronavirus infection rate among those in Russia vaccinated with both components of Sputnik V from December 5, 2020 to March 31, 2021;

  • The Sputnik V vaccine is based on a proven and well-studied platform of human adenoviral vectors, which cause the common cold and have been around for thousands of years.

  • Sputnik V uses two different vectors for the two shots in a course of vaccination, providing immunity with a longer duration than vaccines using the same delivery mechanism for both shots.

  • The safety, efficacy and lack of negative long-term effects of adenoviral vaccines have been proven by more than 250 clinical studies over two decades.

  • There are no strong allergies caused by Sputnik V.

  • The storage temperature of Sputnik V at +2+8 C means it can be stored in a conventional refrigerator without any need to invest in additional cold-chain infrastructure.

  • The price of Sputnik V is less than $10 per shot, making it affordable around the world.

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Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) is Russia's sovereign wealth fund established in 2011 to make equity co-investments, primarily in Russia, alongside reputable international financial and strategic investors. RDIF acts as a catalyst for direct investment in the Russian economy. RDIF’s management company is based in Moscow. Currently, RDIF has experience of the successful joint implementation of more than 80 projects with foreign partners totaling more than RUB2 tn and covering 95% of the regions of the Russian Federation. RDIF portfolio companies employ more than 800,000 people and generate revenues which equate to more than 6% of Russia’s GDP. RDIF has established joint strategic partnerships with leading international co-investors from more than 18 countries that total more than $40 bn. Further information can be found at www.rdif.ru

For additional information contact:

Alexey Urazov
Russian Direct Investment Fund
Director for External Communications

Mobile: +7 915 312 76 65
E-mail: [email protected]u

Andrew Leach / Maria Shiryaevskaya
Hudson Sandler

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7796 4133

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