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Russia has already officially registered two Covid-19 vaccines, including the world’s first. On August 11, President Vladimir Putin announced that the country had registered Sputnik V, the world’s first Covid-19 vaccine. It is currently in its third and final stage of clinical trials, involving 40,000 volunteers. On Wednesday, the president announced a second vaccine called EpiVacCorona, produced by Siberia’s Vector Center. It will soon enter post-registration trials. Another vaccine, from Moscow’s Chumakov Center, is also in the pipeline.
Crimea was re-absorbed into Russia in March 2014, following a referendum. The vote is not recognized by most of the world, which views Crimea as an illegally occupied Ukrainian peninsula.
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