September 19, 2020

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Russia approves Sputnik V Covid vaccine despite testing safety concerns

Drug, given to one of Putin’s daughters, to skip large-scale safety trials before rollout

Russia has approved a controversial Covid-19 vaccine for widespread use after less than two months of human testing, including a dose administered to one of Vladimir Putin’s daughters.

The announcement that Russia was pushing ahead with large-scale manufacture and mass immunisation before so-called “phase 3” testing was greeted with criticism from experts who described the Russian approach as reckless and unethical, saying it risked exacerbating rather than helping manage the pandemic.

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