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Australian government officials will start to recognize the Russian Covid-19 vaccines Sputnik V

The Australian Therapeutic Administration (TGA) has advised the Australian Government to recognize vaccinations with the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against foreign nationals arriving in the country.

“The TGA points out that the vaccine against Covid-19 from the Russian Gamma Center Gamaleya Sputnik V will be recognized as confirmation of the vaccination status of incoming passengers,” the regulator said in a statement posted on its website.

The TGA said the Russian side had provided management with the necessary information, “indicating that the vaccine provides protection against Covid-19 and reduces the likelihood that an incoming passenger will transmit the infection to others or become infected with Covid-19 while in Australia.” “The information obtained includes published data from the survey and was submitted to the TGA by the Russian government,” the statement said.

The regulator stressed that two doses of Sputnik B showed an average efficacy of at least 89 percent against coronavirus infection and 98 percent protection against severe Covid-19 and death from complications caused by the virus.

Recognition of the Sputnik V vaccine will increase Australia’s capacity to accept foreign students and skilled migrant workers. Foreigners who have received two doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine will now be considered fully vaccinated and will be able to enter Australia, according to the TGA.

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