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Russia’s Sputnik V shot around 83% effective against Delta variant, health minister says

/ 03:41 PM August 11, 2021
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Ivan, a homeless man receives the one-dose Sputnik Light vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Saint Petersburg, Russia August 4, 2021. Picture taken August 4, 2021. REUTERS FILE PHOTO

MOSCOW — Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 is around 83% effective against the Delta variant of coronavirus, lower than previously thought, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said on Wednesday.

Authorities blamed a surge in coronavirus cases in June and July on the more contagious Delta variant and the population’s reluctance to get vaccinated despite shots being widely available.

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The vaccine’s developers in June said Sputnik V was around 90% effective against the Delta variant.

“The latest results show that effectiveness is around 83%,” the TASS news agency cited Murashko as saying.

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Alexander Gintsburg, director of the Gamaleya Institute which developed the vaccine, said on Wednesday in an interview with the Izvestia newspaper that Sputnik V was safe and effective against all strains of the coronavirus.

Russia, which has a population of around 144 million, has approved four domestically produced vaccines. It has recorded almost 6.5 million infections since the start of the pandemic.

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