The Minister of Health in Venezuela, Carlos Alvarado, announced that his country’s government is negotiating with its Russian counterpart about participating in the testing and production of the “Sputnik-V” vaccine designed in Russia against the emerging corona virus.
The minister said, during a call with President Nicolas Maduro through video conference technology, that Venezuela had offered 500 volunteers to participate in vaccine tests.
Alvarado added that Venezuela and Russia also discussed the possibility of cooperation between the two countries in the manufacture of the “Sputnik-V” vaccine.
The vaccine was designed at the Gamalia Center for the Study of Epidemiological Diseases and Microbiology of the Russian Ministry of Health, and passed clinical tests in June and July.
The head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, Kirill Dmitriev, said that Russia had received requests from 20 countries to supply one billion doses of the “Sputnik-V” vaccine.