Vladimir Putin announced on yesterday (8/11) of Russia’s approval for COVID-19 vaccine, “Sputnik V”. The approval comes before the vaccine has completed its final stages in the clinical trials, causing worry from both inside and outside the country. The first round of vaccines is set to go out in two weeks, and administered voluntarily to civilians and doctors wanting one. “It seems our foreign colleagues are sensing the specific competitive advantages of the Russian drug and are trying to express opinions that in our opinion are completely groundless,” Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said in a statement. 

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