The Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine does not violate anti-doping laws, said Andrei Zholinsky, director of the sports medicine center of the Federal Medical and Biological Agency (FMBA) of the Russian Federation. This was reported by TASS on Tuesday.
Earlier, State Duma Deputy Dmitry Svishchev stated the need not only to protect Russian athletes from coronavirus, but also to understand whether the vaccine could contain substances from the WADA list of prohibited drugs.
According to Zholinsky, this issue is under control, as the Olympic Games in Tokyo and many other competitions are coming. “Naturally, collective immunity among athletes of the Russian national teams is important. All studies have already passed, vaccination does not affect anti-doping legislation in any way, the vaccine is allowed. If you ask whether it is better to be ill or vaccinated, then, of course, it is better to vaccinate,”he said.
The Tokyo Olympics were supposed to take place from July 24 to August 9 last year. However, due to COVID-19, the competition was postponed for a year - they will take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021.
Russia was the first in the world to register a vaccine against coronavirus - it was named Sputnik V. It was developed by the N. F. Gamalei. The state scientific center "Vector" has also developed a vaccine "EpiVacCorona" based on synthetic peptides in the country.