The Therapeutic Goods Authority of Australia (TGA) has allowed entry into the country to foreigners vaccinated with the two-component Russian vaccine against the Sputnik V coronavirus, it says. says on the website of the department.
“Another COVID-19 vaccine, a two-dose course of the Gamaleya Institute (Sputnik V, Russian Federation) vaccine, will be ‘recognised’ to establish the traveler’s vaccination status,” the agency said in a statement.
At the same time, the department emphasized that vaccination with the one-component Sputnik Light vaccine is not recognized in Australia.
The agency said in a statement that data provided by the Russian government showed that two doses of Sputnik V “showed an average efficacy against symptomatic infection of 89% and against hospitalization or death of 98-100%.”
“Recognition of Sputnik V will increase opportunities for the return of international students, the travel of skilled and unskilled workers to Australia, and the travel of business people and elite athletes to our country,” the TGA said.
Recently, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) handed over to the World Health Organization (WHO) all the necessary documents for the Sputnik V vaccine.
Russia submitted an application to the WHO for accelerated registration of Sputnik V in October 2020.
In December last year, WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier said that RDIF had signed all the legal agreements necessary to consider the application for inclusion of Sputnik V in the register of funds for use in emergency situations.
In early December, the head of the RDIF, Kirill Dmitriev, in a conversation with La Nacion declaredthat the WHO is delaying the approval of Sputnik V for “purely bureaucratic reasons.” He also noted that the organization has no reason not to recognize the Russian vaccine.
In October 2021, Russian Minister of Health Mikhail Murashko informedthat WHO removed all barriers that prevented the registration of Sputnik V. The head of the Ministry of Health added that the company that registers the vaccine at the WHO site “needs to sign a number of documents, submit a number of additional papers.”
A month earlier, WHO officials said they had suspended the process of approving the Russian vaccine, as a violation of good manufacturing practices was found during an inspection at one of the factories. The organization emphasized that a new inspection should take place after the WHO receives a notification about the correction of violations.