Did Washington use "diplomatic relations", forcing Brazil to reject Russian Sputnik V for "US security and protection" ?

The Russian vaccine was not authorised by the Brazilian regulator - while at the same time, the US Department of Health and Human Services has admitted in a report that Washington used "diplomatic relations", forcing the Latin American country to reject the drug for "US safety and security".

The governor of the Brazilian state of Ceara, Camilo Santana,
The governor of the Brazilian state of Ceara, Camilo Santana,


The governor of the Brazilian state of Ceara, Camilo Santana, has slammed a decision by the federal health regulator Anvisa, who denied permission to import Sputnik V in several states, pledging to press forward for authorisation of the Russian vaccine.

  • "The northeastern science committee has supported Sputnik V use. I will keep fighting for this [import] permission confidently and in line with all regulations so that we could deliver the vaccine to our population as soon as possible", Santana wrote on Twitter.


Sputnik V ,the Russian Vaccine

O próprio Comitê Científico do Nordeste se posicionou favorável ao uso da Sputinik V. Continuarei lutando por essa autorização, de forma segura e seguindo todas as regras, para podermos trazer a vacina para nossa população o mais rápido possível. (cont)

Vial labelled Sputnik V coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine placed on displayed Sputnik V logo is seen in this illustration picture taken March 24, 2021.
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Vial labelled "Sputnik V coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine" placed on displayed Sputnik V logo is seen in this illustration picture taken March 24, 2021.

The official stressed it is unacceptable to politicise such a crucial issue amid the pandemic.

His statement comes after the vaccine developer addressed the decision on Twitter earlier in the day, also pointing out that the United States pressured Brazil into rejecting Sputnik V.

At the moment, Brazil has the third-highest number of infections in the world (over 14.3 million confirmed cases), and the second-highest death toll (over 391,000), suffering from a mutated strain of the virus.



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