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Russia made the world's first vaccine called Sputnik

Sputnik vaccine


Coronavirus: Concerns About Russia's Vaccine, Russia Says 'Concerns Unfounded'

Russia has said in a statement that it has no plans to sue Russia over its use of coronavirus vaccines.

Russia said on Tuesday that the country's regulatory body had approved a Russian-developed vaccine against coronavirus infection.

The vaccine was tested in humans for less than two months.

But experts are skeptical that Russia made the vaccine so soon.

The number of countries expressing such doubts is increasing.

Germany, France, Spain and the United States have all called for the vaccine to be banned.


Russia's response

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Then on Wednesday, Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko told the Russian news agency Interfax, "It seems that our foreign friends are aware of the benefits of going ahead with the Russian drug competition and they are talking about something that is absolutely baseless."

He said the vaccine would be available soon. He said the first batch of vaccines would arrive in the next two weeks and would be given to doctors at the beginning.

Russian officials say they plan to start vaccinating large numbers of people from next October.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the vaccine on Tuesday.

He claimed that the vaccine was effective and that it strengthened the immune system.

He said one of his daughters was also vaccinated.

Vaccine questions

The World Health Organization says it is in contact with Russian authorities to review the vaccine.

Moscow has said the vaccine will be named Sputnik.

The vaccine is not on the list of six vaccines listed by the World Health Organization as having reached the third stage of testing.


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Russian vaccines are being questioned, especially in the United States and Europe.

"It's dangerous to start vaccinating millions of people because if something goes wrong, people's faith in the vaccine will be shattered," said Jens Span, Germany's health minister.

"Based on what we know, the vaccine has not been properly tested. It is important to develop a safe vaccine, not a vaccine first."

Isabel Embert, a researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research, told the La Pericio newspaper that it would be dangerous to claim treatment so quickly.

The senior viral disease doctor in the United States, Dr. Anthony Fawcett expressed concern about the Russian claim.

Welcome

But some countries have welcomed Russia's announcement.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he will test the vaccine himself.

"I believe the vaccine you (Russia) have made is really good for humanity. I will be the first to test it," he said.

Israel has said it will buy the product if it is a "serious product."

Dozens of vaccines are being developed and some are being tested in humans in parallel in different countries of the world.


News source: bbc.com/nepali

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