Russia declares victory in race for vaccine

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By Our Reporter with agency report

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that Russia has registered the world’s first vaccine for coronavirus.

Despite earlier scepticism from health experts and a warning from the World Health Organization to follow established protocols, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko declared that the vaccine was “proven to be highly effective and safe” and Mr Putin said it had “passed all the required checks”.

The minister added that trials of the vaccine would continue, involving thousands of people.

Mr Putin said one of his daughters had used the vaccine, and that she was fine after having had an increase in temperature.

Many other vaccines are currently undergoing trials in a number of countries. Earlier this month, US infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci said he hoped Russia was “actually testing the vaccine” before giving it to anyone.

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