Volunteers in Venezuela for clinical trials of the Sputnik-V vaccine will be able to apply via the web

Venezuelan volunteers who want to participate in phase 3 of the clinical trials of the Sputnik-V Russian vaccine against Covid-19, will be able to apply through a website, as reported Health Minister Carlos Alvarado on Tuesday.

Through an interview on the Dando y Dando” (Taking and Giving) program, broadcast by Radio Nacional de Venezuela (RNV), the minister explained that: “The selection process involves a calling to volunteers through a website with a series of questions, and then the physical evaluations are done. Basically, they have to be healthy people”.

The conditions to participate in clinical trials establish that the volunteers must be over 18 years of age, do not suffer from respiratory diseases, do not have bad consumption habits, give their express consent and do not have tattoos on their arms, since pigmentation causes reactions in contact with the vaccine”, said Alvarado..

He explained that phase 3 will last 180 days, expressing his confidence in the positive results; He recalled in turn that Caracas and Moscow maintain a comprehensive health agreement that will allow the acquisition of Sputnik-V, after the security protocols are met, as well as the «technology transfer and production» of the vaccine in the South American country.

On October 2, the first shipment of the Russian vaccine was received by Venezuela, that same day the head of the Venezuelan health portfolio reported that 2,000 people in the country will participate in the trial.

In addition, last Sunday, the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro reported that among the first volunteers are his son, Nicolás Ernesto Maduro Guerra, and his sister, María Teresa Maduro.