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The first batch of Russia's coronavirus vaccine will be released in two weeks, Sputnik News reported, citing Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko. The Russian minister said that vaccination against coronavirus will be voluntary for everybody, including healthcare workers. Russia is developing a special tracing app that will allow Russian citizens to confirm the state of their health. The app will also monitor possible adverse effects of the drug for those who took the vaccine.

Russia on Tuesday became become the first country to grant regulatory approval to a coronavirus vaccine. The vaccine has been named "Sputnik V" in homage to the world's first satellite launched by the Soviet Union. But Russia's decision to grant approval to the covid vaccine even before final trial has raised concerns among some experts.

President Vladimir Putin and different authorities have said it is totally sheltered. The president said one of his little girls had accepted it as a volunteer and felt great a while later. "I realize that it works adequately, structures solid invulnerability, and I rehash, it has passed all the fundamental checks," Putin told an government meeting.


Here are 10 updates on Russia's covid vaccine:

Russian business conglomerate Sistema has already started mass production of the vaccine at AFK Sistema's Binnopharm pharmaceutical factory, Sputnik News reported, citing Russian authorities.

Russian official say that the covid vaccine, developed by Moscow's Gamaleya Institute, will be administered on a voluntary basis at the end of this month or in early September.

Mass roll-out in Russia is expected to start in October.

The vaccine is administered in two doses and consists of two serotypes of a human adenovirus, each carrying an S-antigen of the new coronavirus, which enter human cells and produce an immune response.

Russia has said it already received foreign requests for 1 billion doses.

Clinical trials of the Russian vaccine is expected to start soon in the UAE and the Philippines.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he is willing to participate personally in the trial.

Some international experts have also questioned the speed at which Russia approved its vaccine.

German Health Minister Jens Spahn today said Russia's COVID-19 vaccine had not been sufficiently tested, adding the aim was to have a safe product rather than just being first to start vaccinating people.

More than 100 possible COVID-19 vaccines are being developed around the world. At least four are in final Phase III human trials, according to WHO data. 
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