Russia’s RDIF sovereign wealth fund said on Saturday that Ghana had granted emergency authorisation for the use of the Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19, becoming the 31st country to do so, and the fifth African state.
The Russian vaccine was approved by the West African country’s health ministry, the Russian Direct Investment Fund said in a statement.
CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, Kirill Dmitriev said: “Ministry of Health of Ghana has thoroughly reviewed the data on safety and efficacy of Sputnik V also proven by publication in The Lancet and approved the use of the vaccine.
“This is another positive example of vaccine cooperation between Russia and partners across the world to save lives and protect the population.”
Sputnik V is one of the world’s top three coronavirus vaccines in terms of the number of approvals issued by government regulators.
Sputnik V had been approved earlier in Russia, Belarus, Argentina, Bolivia, Serbia, Algeria, Palestine, Venezuela, Paraguay, Turkmenistan, Hungary, UAE, Iran, and the Republic of Guinea.
Tunisia, Armenia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Republika Srpska (entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina), Lebanon, Myanmar, Pakistan, Mongolia, Bahrain, Montenegro, Saint Vincent, and the Grenadines, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Gabon and San Marino have also approved the vaccine.
Source: Reuters and Sputnik V