Guatemala asks Russia to return money over failure to deliver Sputnik COVID-19 vaccine

June 30, 2021: On Tuesday, Guatemalan Health Minister Amelia Flores said the government had asked Russia to refund the amount due for non-payment of the Sputnik V-Covid 19 vaccine.

The government of President Alejandro Giammetti paid about $ 80 million in early April to supply 8 million doses of the vaccine. So far, only 1.5 million of them have been received, the government said, while the Central American country has seen a rise in the number of cases of Covid 19.

The minister said Guatemala has given the Russian Foreign Investment Fund (RDIF), which is responsible for marketing the vaccine abroad, 20 days to deliver the promised food. An additional supply of the vaccine will soon reach Guatemala, an RDIF spokesman said. Gleb Bryanski, RDIF’s director of special projects, said in an e-mailed statement: “Another plane with Sputnik V is due to arrive in Guatemala this week, with it fulfilling contractual obligations early next week.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has trumpeted the Sputnik V vaccine around the world. He said in March that the country had signed hundreds of millions of food production agreements abroad.

But Russia had produced only a fraction of those and its output is much lower than those manufactured each month by Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

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