According to him, "Europe should work closely with Africa to ensure that when a the vaccine is finally deployed it should not be on the basis of the highest bidder but rather be made available at an affordable and in an accessible manner".
This is important because Russia's Gamaleya Institute's announcement of the vaccine had been met with widespread scepticism from the global scientific community, especially given it was approved by the Russian government even before early trial data had been shared and phase 3 trial had been approved.
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"There are no guarantees that these vaccines will prove successful".
The agreements would see the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca and the University of Queensland/CSL provide more than 84.8 million vaccine doses for the Australian population, with early access to 3.8 million doses of the University of Oxford vaccine in January and February 2021.
The government is also exploring other promising vaccines which are being developed and it may invest further.
Under the deal with UQ and CSL, Australia will buy 51 million doses of that tie-up's vaccine.
The government said the agreements it had secured allowed for more orders to be negotiated and for doses to be donated or on-sold, without mark-ups, to other countries or worldwide organisations.
The SEC, while recommending approval, laid down the conditions that the trial sites should be different from the sites where the present clinical trials are going on for the vaccine through the intramuscular route and that the subject should be followed up for six months for clinical and antibody assessments.
The British publication, one of the oldest and best-respected medical journals in the world, confirmed that the Sputnik V vaccine had successfully produced antibodies in all 76 participants in early-stage trials.
Without completed Phase 3 trials, Russian Federation has not proven to the world Sputnik V works, though Dmitriev has previously said several countries in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia have expressed interest in procuring the vaccine.
The government would run a strong campaign to encourage people to be vaccinated, but this would not be compulsory.
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