The National Academy of Medicine He assured that Venezuela needs 30 million vaccines to immunize 15 million people, 3.5 million of them as a priority.
In your most recent newsletter on the vacuna rusa Sputnik V, published this Monday, February 15, asked that Venezuela be able to “access a range of different safe and effective vaccines.”
In addition, they asked for a vaccination plan for the country “based on principles of equity and scientific evidence”.
On the Russian antidote they recalled three limitations of scientific information:
1️⃣ Follow-up of volunteers was very short, only 80 days after the administration of the first dose. They said this when citing studies in the British scientific journal Lancet.
“The published analysis was based on the follow-up of 21,977 volunteers in a test which was held in Russia between September and November 2020 ″, said the National Academy of Medicine.
2️⃣ The number of volunteers over 60 years old does not specify the age range.
3️⃣ Although the vaccine has been licensed in several countries, it has not yet received authorization from the European Medicines Agency.
Despite this, they also affirmed that according to the studies that are known “the vaccine has an efficacy of 91.6% with very few adverse effects, including local ones such as pain at the injection site and general ones such as headache, cold symptoms and fatigue ”.
The administration of Nicolas Maduro announced at the end of 2020 that it reached an agreement with Russia for the acquisition of 10 million doses of Sputnik V and that they would begin to vaccinate in April.
First doses arrive
However, last Saturday, February 13, the first 100,000 doses of the antidote, which are expected to be administered to front-line healthcare workers in the care of patients with COVID-19.
This Saturday the infectious disease doctor Julio Castro, who is a member of the Commission of Health Experts for the COVID-19 pandemic of the 2015 National Assembly, said that the vaccination of health sector workers will begin in “the next few days.” , although without specifying date.
Likewise, they put their “knowledge and experience” at the command of a fair and equitable national vaccination plan for the population.