Alexander Christyakov, the Director-General of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has confirmed the authenticity of the 200,000 doses of Sputnik V purchased by Guyana through Sheik Ahmed Dalmook Al-Maktoum from Dubai.
The Government of Guyana says that the missive dismisses Opposition Leader, Joseph Harmon’s “malicious and reckless statements that the Sputnik V vaccines in Guyana (could be) fake”.
Harmon, some days ago, cast doubt on the authenticity of the doses, relying heavily on an article that implicated the Sheik in some corrupt vaccine arrangement with a convict.
The batch numbers issued by the RDIF matches that of the vaccines received by the Ministry of Health. So now, there is no doubt about the authenticity of the Sputnik V vaccine in Guyana, the Health Ministry said today.
The ministry is calling on Harmon to “publicly withdraw his reckless and irresponsible statements and to issue a public apology to the Guyanese people for the irreparable harm that he has done to the national vaccination program, the distrust that he has created and the vaccine hesitancy that he caused which has indirectly put at risk the lives of many Guyanese. We also call on him to make a forthright statement in support of the vaccination program and to stop playing cheap politics”.
Harmon today called for an independent forensic audit into the government’s deal with the Sheik.
See copy of letter from Alexander Christyakov, the Director-General of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF):