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Russia approves COVID-19 vaccine

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin

Russia has approved regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing.

President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia had become the first country in the world to do so, hailing the country’s scientific prowess.

The development paves the way for the mass inoculation of the Russian population.

Speaking at a government meeting on state television, Putin said the vaccine, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, was safe and that it had even been administered to one of his daughters.

“I know that it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity, and I repeat, it has passed all the needed checks,” said Putin.

More than 100 possible vaccines are being developed around the world to try to stop the COVID-19 pandemic. At least four are in final Phase III human trials, according to WHO data.

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