Coronavirus — Tracking Vaccines Around the Globe

  • The Sputnik V vaccine will be manufactured in Brazil.
  • An American Doctor died after taking the Pfizer vaccine.
  • Canadian snowbirds are flocking to Florida for the Covid-19 vaccine.

Russia is to start production of the Sputnik V Coronavirus Vaccine in Brazil this week. Currently, Russia has seven factories that are producing two Russian-developed vaccines. The Brazilian Pharmaceutical company Uniao Quimica partnered with the Russian Direct Investment Fund to produce the vaccine in Brazil.

Gam-COVID-Vac, nicknamed Sputnik V, s a COVID-19 vaccine developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, and registered on 11 August 2020 by the Russian Ministry of Health. Although Phase I-II results were eventually published on 4 September 2020, the pivotal Phase III trial – a necessary scientific step to prove vaccine safety and efficacy in thousands of individuals – had not yet been determined to be successful.

Uniao Quimica has been on the pharmaceutical market over 80 years.

Furthermore, Russia and Brazil signed the technology transfer documentation and memorandum of understanding for the future medical collaborations on the January 6th, 2021.

Moreover, on January 7th, a Uniao Quimica spokesperson confirmed that the Sputnik V vaccine cellular material arrived in Brazil.

Additionally, it is expected that another agreement will be singed by the next week with Russia to provide the Russian-manufactured vaccines under the emergency situation.

Thus far, Brazil has 7.8 million cases of infection and 200,000 deaths. Currently, there are over 87.9 million infected and over 1.9 million deaths around the globe.

In December 2020, Uniao Quimica received permission to conduct the trials of the Sputnik V vaccine in Brazil.

Additionally, next week there will be training events held in Moscow regarding the Coronavirus response. A Brazilian representatives will be also in the attendance.

In the USA, the vaccinations have begun. The vaccines that are being used are the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. The Pfizer vaccine is a two-step process.

The initial vaccine contains AD5 vector, which is used to deliver the pure Coronavirus protein. The second step is AD26, as AD-5 vector is already provided the level of the antibodies that now exist in the immune system.

It should be noted an Israeli-based company plans to bring the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to the Russian market by the spring.

Pfizer is an American multinational pharmaceutical corporation. It is one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies and ranked 57 on the 2018 Fortune 500 list of the largest United States corporations by total revenue.

According to the USA Today, an American Doctor, Gregory Michael, died two weeks after receiving the Pfizer vaccine. The wife of the doctor stated that her late husband was healthy and was not a drinker or a smoker, and did not have any pre-existing health conditions.

Three days after the vaccination, the doctor noticed red spots on his hands and feet, indicating a subcutaneous hemorrhage. His wife is certain her husband died because of the vaccine. He died as a result of the brain hemmorrage.

The Pfizer representatives are denying the correlation between the vaccine and the death of the doctor. However, they are investigating, and Pfizer’s investigators agreed that complications are from the vaccine, but not the death.

There are also discussions to lower the vaccine doses in order to vaccinate more people. In the EU, the situation is dire. Thus, the EU member nations are willing to dilute the Coronavirus vaccines to reach more people. In the US, the FDA spoke against the Pfizer vaccine dilution.

Canada is struggling to roll out the adequate number of the vaccines. There is also a backlash, regarding the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, which decided to add prison inmates to the priority lists for the COVID-19 vaccinations. In addition, Canadian retirees are traveling to Florida to receive the much-needed Coronavirus vaccine sooner. They do not believe they will receive it in Canada within a reasonable time frame.

Some coronavirus vaccines on the market do not have phase 3 testing completed. All vaccines were approved around the globe under emergency measures.

At the same time, everyone should make an educated choice regarding receiving or not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The Coronavirus pandemic continues to spread and it is imperative to stop it.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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