Moscow, February 12, Interfax - The Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine does not contain any components prohibited by Islam, Vladimir Gushchin, head of the laboratory of mechanisms of population change of pathogenic microorganisms at the Gamaleya Center, said.
"When we prepared for this roundtable meeting, we looked at what is regulated by Islam on a priority basis, in particular, things concerning dead animals, pigs, blood, etc., - the vaccine does not contain any of that. That is, it would be very good if you could support us in spreading this information, in communicating it to people," Gushchin said at a roundtable meeting called Vaccination Against Covid-19 in the Light of Islamic Religious Ordinances organized by the Spiritual Muslim Board of Russia.
Responding to a follow-up question as to whether the vaccine has any components of animal origin, he said, "Absolutely not."
The source of sustenance in test vessels is the human cell, which was isolated back in 1973, Gushchin said. Its so-called progeny are used as a breeding ground, which is infected with an adenovirus to produce a viral product, which is the foundation of vaccines. After the vaccine is cleansed of all cellular components, nothing but viral particles remain. "It isn't a live vaccine, it cannot cause illnesses in people," he said. It also includes a small amount of ethanol to stabilize the composition of the vaccine.
During the roundtable meeting, the attention of participants representing the Spiritual Muslim Board of Russia was drawn to the fact that of the 24 countries where the Sputnik V vaccine is registered, ten are Muslim, including Iran, Bahrain, and the UAE.
Mass vaccination began on the orders of the Russian president on January 18. Russians are now receiving mainly the Sputnik V vaccine, the first vaccine registered in Russia, which was developed by the Gamaleya Center.