The State Duma of Russia has removed from its agenda the issue of including the coronavirus vaccine in the vaccination calendar, RIA Novosti reports, with reference to Vladimir Zhirinovsky, LDPR leader.
The website of the lower chamber of the Russian parliament states that “the date of the future consideration of the bill has not been determined.”
In August 2020, the country registered Sputnik V, the world’s first COVID-19 prevention product developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology. Russia now has several other vaccines against COVID-19: EpiVacCorona(developed by the Vector Center of Rospotrebnadzor) and KoviVak from the Chumakov Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
In early May, the Ministry of Health registered Sputnik Light, the first component of Sputnik V. According to Kirill Dmitriev, the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), the light version is mainly intended for foreign markets which have significant epidemic foci.