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Venezuela: Caracas receives Russian Sputnik V vaccine to begin phase three trials

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Published on 03 Oct 2020 / In Film and Animation

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Venezuela's top officials arrived at the MaiquetIa International Airport in Caracas on Friday to receive the first batch of the Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V.

Footage shows the ceremony moments after the arrival of the plane with the shipment.

"It is a historic moment for our country. We are at this very moment receiving the first batch of Sputnik V vaccine from our beloved sister Russia. [It has this name] in reference to the first satellite launched by Russia into space. This is, and I say this with deep emotion, I cannot hide the emotion that we are feeling, that Venezuela is the first country in the Western Hemisphere to participate in Phase 3 of the clinical trials of this vaccine," said Venezuela's Vice-President Delcy Rodriguez.

The Sputnik V vaccine was registered by Russia on August 11 after passing a series of clinical trials.

It is currently in phase three of trials with an estimated 40,000 volunteers, including 2,000 Venezuelans, set to take part in the programme.

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SOT, Delcy Rodriguez, Vice President of Venezuela (Spanish): "It is a historic moment for our country, we are at this very moment receiving the first batch of Sputnik V vaccine from our beloved sister Russia. [It has this name] in reference to the first satellite launched by Russia into space. This is, and I say this with deep emotion, I cannot hide the emotion that we are feeling, that Venezuela is the first country in the Western Hemisphere to participate in Phase 3 of the clinical trials of this vaccine."

SOT, Delcy Rodriguez, Vice President of Venezuela (Spanish): "Today again, here is Russia. First in line in the world to bring relief, to bring health, to bring life. With the first registered vaccine against COVID-19. We know what this pandemic has meant for the world, from the first days of January of this year, when it began, the impact, the ravages, of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the world. Today Russia, under the leadership of President Vladimir Putin, is once again bringing relief to the world, to humanity, with the first registered vaccine."

SOT, Delcy Rodriguez, Vice President of Venezuela (Spanish): "It is enough to review universal history to know the role that Russia has played in favour of humanity, in favour of peace, in favour of the life of the entire planet. It is enough to remember the role that Russia played against fascism, to free humanity from fascism. Hollywood, of course, hides this historical truth and reality."

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