Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 is more than 90% effective, a health ministry official said Monday, citing data obtained from vaccinations made by the public rather than an ongoing study.
The comments followed a statement Monday by vaccine developers Pfizer Inc and BioNTech that their experimental COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective.
“We are responsible for monitoring the effectiveness of the Sputnik V vaccine in citizens who received it as part of the mass vaccination program,” Oksana Drapkina, director of a research institute at the Ministry of Health, said in a statement.
“Based on our observations, it’s also over 90%. The appearance of another effective vaccine – that’s good news for everyone,” said Drapkina.
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