International demand for Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine soars

ABC News’ Patrick Reevell reports on Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, billions of doses of which have been ordered by more than 50 countries.
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Transcript for International demand for Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine soars
Russia is making diplomatic efforts through distribution of its coma nineteen vaccine to countries who haven't been able to secure vaccines produced in the west. After first facing scrutiny on whether Russia's vaccines actually work now the question has become whether they can meet worldwide demand here's ABC's Patrick. Regional. Ones much criticized Russia's sputnik V vaccine has now chewing the international arsenal of vaccines to combat the pandemic. In Latin America's sputnik be seen as a lifeline. Shipments of desperately needed deuces a related to punted countries across the region. Back in August Russia declared it had approved the world's first compete nineteen vaccine. He was met with a much skepticism. I hope that the Russians actually definitively proven. The vaccine is safe and intact I seriously doubt that they've done that. And at that time Russia hasn't. He rushed the approval process announcing it was Reggie even before starting a key phase three trial but in December Russia published results of that trial. And just last month the lancet a prestigious medical journal published a peer reviewed study showing spending V is safe. And of a 90% effective. David grout an American living in Moscow decided to get the vaccine. When I first heard that Russia had a vaccine last September of course I had my doubts medical technology is not one of the things you think of when you think of Russian. Know how. So I I was skeptical. He has now had boots Schultz old split need be I had mild fever and had a body aches sort of chill feeling. And I also took some painkillers and the next day I was fine. The wall most Russians and now eligible to get the vaccine many are still holding off. Only around 2% have been inoculated. And in a recent poll 62%. Of Russians. Said they don't want to get the sputnik V vaccine. The overly hasty approval laws summer. Partially to blame. A lot of people they don't trust ins and they don't want to be vaccinated because he's sold this. Question some experts concerns about Nixon about safe SE and the efficacy. The wild as little appetite in Russia to get the shot. The Kremlin has turned to using its vaccines as a diplomatic tool. The postal. It is not a donation we are paying for them but if the Russian government had and allowed the shipment we were not be able to access these vaccines today. But Russia is facing a production problem as to Mon sol was. Around fifty countries from Latin America to Asia have ordered one point two billion doses of the Russian vaccine. Hungary is the first European country to begin using sputnik V despite the European Union know it yet approving it. But they haven't received close to the 600000. Doses the country was supposed to get the first month. He only got like twenty I've sent. Did at all the amount that was his foreign funds are Ian base. This week Slovakia and the Czech Republic also appealed for doses. Russia is banking on producing its vaccine elsewhere. So we needed this. Tool send a lot of native of doses of roles. That mates in hole that soon will have this production I think and the moment it's impossible and the moment Don but not its human rights. We've new variants surging in Europe and other parts of the world. The need for more vaccine is stark the question now can Russia keep pace with the promises it's making. As it continues its diplomatic efforts all over the world. Patrick real ABC news.

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