Tue, 24 May 2022

Travelers vaxxed with Russian-made Covid vaccine may now enter Australia

The Australian government has officially allowed people with proof they have been fully vaccinated with the Sputnik V Covid vaccine to enter the country, starting Monday.

Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) said it reviewed data provided by Moscow which shows that the vaccine "provides protection and potentially reduces the likelihood that an incoming traveler would transmit Covid-19 infection to others while in Australia or become acutely unwell due to Covid-19."

"The data indicated that two doses of the Sputnik V (Gamaleya Institute) showed an average efficacy against symptomatic infection of 89% and against hospitalization or death of 98-100%," the regulator said in a statement on its website.

Vaccination with Sputnik Light, the single-dose version of Sputnik V, will not be considered proof of full vaccination as of yet, the TGA noted.

Created by Moscow's Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology, Sputnik V became the world's first registered Covid-19 vaccine in 2020. It has since been authorized for emergency use in around 70 countries.


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