Francesco Vaya, chief physician at the Italian National Institute of Infectious Diseases, announced that Italy will send inspectors to Russia to verify the manufacturers of the Corona vaccine, “Sputnik V”.
Earlier, the management of this scientific and medical institution had sent to the Italian Ministry of Health a positive summary about the effectiveness and safety of using the Russian vaccine.
In a statement to the Corriere della Sera newspaper, the chief physician at the Italian “Lazaro Spallanzani” institute of infectious diseases said: “Sputnik is effective. We evaluated it independently as a research institute and not as a separate group. The document was distributed without any desire to interfere with politics. “
According to the results of the Spallanzani Institute, the “Sputnik V” vaccine is 90 per cent effective for symptomatic infections and 100 for severe cases of the disease.
It is noteworthy that the decrease in the supply of vaccines adopted by the European Union delays the Italian authorities’ plans for a comprehensive vaccination against “Covid-19”.
In relation to this, leaders of a number of Italian regions and prominent representatives of the scientific and medical community in the country are showing increased interest in the Russian vaccine, calling for its purchase and use within the European Union to be allowed.
“We have just vaccinated two Italian inspectors who will travel to Moscow to check quality standards in the institutions that produce Sputnik,” said Francesco Vaya.
On the need for the Russian vaccine to arrive in Italy, Professor Giuseppe Rimotti, Director of the Mario Negri Institute for Drug Research in Milan, said on Monday, pointing out in an interview with the same Italian newspaper that verification of Sputnik producers must be done taking into account that “the inspectors cannot They require that the vaccine, produced in Russia or China, has been prepared with equipment marked СE, which means that the product complies with the basic requirements of European Union directives and harmonized EU standards.