Russia flaunts Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine despite testing safety
By Guardian Exclusive
14 August 2020 | 7:57 am
Russian President Vladimir Putin said its country's Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine is an effective vaccine against Coronavirus and claims one of his daughters already received it.
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