The Council of Ulema (theologians) of the Religious Board of Muslims (RBM) of the Russian Federation has requested information from Alexander Gintsburg, the director of the Gamaleya Center, about the composition of the Sputnik V vaccine in order to determine whether Muslims are allowed to use it. This was done due to numerous appeals from muslims according to a document provided to TASS on Friday by Ildar Alyautdinov, the deputy chairman of the Ulema Council and chairman of the Moscow Religious Board.
"The Religious Board of Muslims receives frequent appeals from Russian Muslims concerning the permissibility or prohibition of this vaccine in terms of Islam, since certain substances included in its composition may not be permissible for them. In view of the above, we ask you, dear Alexander Leonidovich, to present to the Ulema Council detailed information about the content of Sputnik V, which will help to make a correct theological conclusion about the permissibility or otherwise of this vaccine for Muslims," says the appeal.
On August 11, 2020, Russia became the first country in the world to register a vaccine against coronavirus, which was developed at the Gamaleya center of the Ministry of Health under the name Sputnik V. Later, another domestic vaccine developed by the Vector Center of Rospotrebnadzor was registered. A third vaccine created by the Chumakov Federal Scientific Center for Research and Development of Immunobiological Preparations of the Russian Academy of Sciences is planned to be registered soon.
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Based on materials from TASS