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Over 20 countries interested in Russian’s COVID-19 vaccine

Over 20 countries interested in Russian's COVID-19 vaccine

More than 20 countries have shown interest in getting Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said.

Russia maintains “the closest contact with the World Health Organization (WHO) on the development and future use” of the vaccine, Zakharova told a news briefing.

She did not mention the countries at the briefing on Thursday. Russia is ready to join and support the WHO initiative, Zakharova said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday that the country has created the world’s first registered vaccine against the novel coronavirus.

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The country will start the production of the vaccine, named Sputnik V, within two weeks, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said on Wednesday.

Russia will offer the vaccine to other countries after its own citizens are vaccinated, Murashko said, adding that foreign nations’ doubts about the effectiveness of the vaccine are unfounded

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