Russia offers Daniel Ortega to produce the CoviVac vaccine in 2022 | International

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The presidents of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, in a file photo.
The presidents of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, in a file photo.Russian Council

The Kremlin strengthens its ties with the Government of Daniel Ortega and grants Nicaragua permission to produce in its territory the third vaccine registered by Russia, CoviVac. The process will begin in early 2022, as announced by one of the two sons of the president and Vice President Rosario Murillo who are part of the Nicaraguan delegation visiting Moscow this week, Laureano Ortega Murillo.

“Laboratory and vaccine production tests are now underway. We hope that the first commercial batches will be ready in the first quarter of the year and that, in addition to Nicaragua, they will also be delivered to other countries in Central America and Latin America ”, Laureano Ortega told the Ria Novosti agency. The agreement has been signed by the Latin American Institute of Biotechnology Mechnikov and the Russian Federal Scientific Center MP Chumakov, and contemplates the shipment of raw materials to the Central American country for the production of the doses.

Unlike the other Russian vaccines, this one is based on a more traditional system, injecting the inactivated virus so that it cannot reproduce. His study is still in phase III, although its designer assures that the first preclinical studies do not show serious side effects.

The delegation’s visit to Moscow began this past Monday with a meeting with the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Ryabkov. The delegation was made up of Laureano Ortega, presidential advisor for Investments, Trade and International Cooperation; his brother Rafael Ortega as presidential delegate; the Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Iván Acosta; and the ambassador in Moscow, Alba Torres, among others.

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At that meeting, Moscow once again showed its support for the results of the questioned presidential elections of November 7, in which the president repeated the presidency with 75.8% of the votes, an election that for the Organization of American States (OAS) and a large part of the international community “do not have democratic legitimacy.” Ryabkov stated, however, that “external pressure on independent states is inadmissible” because “such actions lead to the generation of new regional sources of tension.”

The elections, which were held with at least 16 opposition candidates, Sandinista historical figures, businessmen and activists arrested, gave victory to Ortega, who has the irrefutable support of the Kremlin. “The Russian side expresses its confidence that the results of the general elections of November 7 of this year in friend Nicaragua open up new opportunities for greater socioeconomic development and progress of the country, strengthening its stability and national sovereignty,” said the Russian Foreign Ministry in a statement about the meeting. A month ago, just one day after the proclamation of Daniel Ortega, the head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov, assured that the electoral process “was fully in line with Nicaraguan legislation” and denounced “unprecedented pressure from the United States ”In an election where observers from both houses of the Russian parliament and its central electoral commission were present.

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Nicaragua is one of the few countries that have recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, separatist territories from Georgia; and in the summer of 2019 he established an honorary consulate in the Crimean peninsula, annexed by Russia in 2014, which caused a diplomatic conflict between Managua and Kiev.

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In addition to the meeting with the Deputy Foreign Minister, the Nicaraguan delegation has also held a meeting with the leadership of Vladimir Putin’s party, United Russia. The vice president of its commission for international cooperation, Andréi Klimov, discussed with Iván Acosta, also a representative of the Sandinista National Liberation Front, “the prospects for a dialogue between both parties and others in Latin America to discuss the issues of non-interference in the affairs of sovereign states ”, as announced by the Putin formation, accused by the opposition and some members of the Communist Party of Russia of having committed fraud in the recent September elections.

The Nicaraguan visit also continued with other institutional and business meetings. Among them, an appointment with the Russian Direct Investment Fund, creator of the Sputnik V and Sputnik Light vaccines, of which Nicaragua has received more than three and a half million doses.

On the other hand, the Managua delegation has also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, to collaborate in “raising public awareness about nuclear technologies, the development of the nuclear infrastructure of the Republic of Nicaragua and its non-energy applications in industry, agriculture and medicine ”. As a deadline, both parties establish that it is “as soon as the pandemic situation allows it.”

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