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Russia Protests After Brazil Rejects Use of Sputnik V Vaccine

April 27, 2021, 7:08 PM

Russia protested a decision by Brazilian health regulators to block imports of the Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19, citing a “lack of consistent and reliable data” on the shot’s safety, quality and efficacy.

The five-member board of the Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency, or Anvisa, said in a Tuesday statement that it had identified product-development flaws in all three phases of the drug’s clinical trials. The notoriously strict regulatory body stressed that it was unable to identify the source of the vaccine’s pharmaceutical materials, adding that it wasn’t given full access to facilities during a recent inspection visit to Russia.

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