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One billion doses of Russian COVID-19 vaccine ordered in 20 countries

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One billion doses of Russian COVID-19 vaccine ordered in 20 countries


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Foreign countries are turning to Russia with applications for the supply of vaccines against coronavirus, the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper reports. More than 20 states have sent requests for the supply of a total of one billion doses.

According to Kirill Dmitriev, the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), so far only 50% of the specified volume can be produced at sites located in 5 states. Asian, Middle Eastern and Latin American countries - the Philippines, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, - are the most interested in the vaccine. 

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said he was ready to join the volunteers who are testing the Russian vaccine. He stressed that the drug could be a salvation for the economy.

Kirill Dmitriev spoke about the conclusion of contracts for the sale of the drug. He added that RDIF has invested about four billion rubles in the production of the vaccine.

As Russkiy Mir reported, Russia became the first country in the world to register a vaccine against the new coronavirus. It received the name Sputnik V, which relates to another historical event - the launch in 1957 of the first artificial satellite of the planet. The title emphasizes the importance of creating a vaccine for the global community.

The vaccine was registered on the morning of 11 August. Tests have confirmed its effectiveness, the vaccinated volunteers received stable immunity, all the necessary tests have been carried out. Teachers and healthcare workers will be the first to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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