Venezuela has approved the use of Sputnik Light, the one-component version of the Russian-made vaccine, as reported by the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF).
“The RDIF announces the certification of the Russian Sputnik Light one-component vaccine against the coronavirus infection by the Health Ministry of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. The Sputnik Light vaccine is the first component of the Sputnik V vaccine,” the statement said.
The RDIF has reported that the efficacy of the Sputnik Light jab stands at 79.4% since Day 28 after it’s been administered. According to RDIF, the way the efficacy is determined is by calculations based on the data on Russians who only received one dose during the mass vaccination campaign between December 5, 2020 and April 15, 2021. With around 80% efficacy, Sputnik Light is surpassing the efficacy even of two-component vaccines, the Russian Fund says.
Back in January, the two-component Sputnik V vaccine was also approved in Venezuela.
The Russian-made Sputnik V has been certified for use in 65 countries with the total population surpassing 3.2 billion people.