Director of the Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology named after Gamaleya Alexander Gintsburg said that he did not have information why the Italian National Institute of Infectious Diseases Lazzaro Spallanzani stopped cooperation with the center. RIA News.
Gunzburg appreciated the termination of Italy’s cooperation with the Gamaleya Center on the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V and called this decision a political one.
“I have no information from the Italian side. If this happened, it is a purely political decision. Unfortunately, this will weaken the overall global efforts in the fight against the pandemic,” he said.
The head of the center added that according to various data, including information from the Italian side, the Sputnik V vaccine is the most successful, low reactogenic and effective. This is especially true of the antigenic composition of the pathogen, which is changing.
Earlier, Gunzburg said that the termination of cooperation with Italy would slow down the fight against the pandemic. However, this decision will not affect either the work of the Gamaleya center or the activities of the Italian side.
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