Virologist Angela Rasmussen on the Controversy Surrounding Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 Vaccine

April 30, 2021

(STAT News) – Russia has emphasized that the vaccine costs less than $10 per dose and that it can be stored at 36-46 degrees Fahrenheit, making it easier to use around the world than the vaccines that have to be kept ultra cold. It says Sputnik V is already registered in more than 60 countries. But some regulators are now starting to ask questions about the vaccine. Brazil’s, in particular, this week rejected the vaccine, saying questions remained about its safety, manufacturing and development. STAT sat down with Angela Rasmussen, a virologist and research scientist affiliated with the Georgetown Center for Global Health Science and Security and VIDO-InterVac at the University of Saskatchewan, to discuss.