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Putin says Russia approves second COVID-19 vaccine

Reuters WORLD
Published October 14,2020
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a joint news conference with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (not pictured) following their talks in Moscow, Russia March 5, 2020. Pavel Golovkin/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

Russia has granted regulatory approval to a second COVID-19 vaccine, President Vladimir Putin said at a government meeting broadcast on state television on Wednesday.

Russia in August became the first country to grant regulatory approval for a COVID-19 vaccine, doing so before large-scale trials were complete, to the concern of some in the global scientific community.