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Corona virus kills about 769 thousand people around the world

The Coronavirus has killed 768,984 people around the world, while the death toll has reached 216,16628,  recoveries are 1,4331736 since its outbreak began last December, according to the World Meter website.

In Brazil, 41,576 infections  and 709 new deaths were recorded with the virus, bringing the total number of infections to three million and 107,232 deaths.

In Mexico, the Ministry of Health announced 6,345 infections  and 635 new deaths from the Coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections to 517,714 cases and deaths to 56,543 deaths.

In Germany, data from the Robert Koch Institute for Infectious Diseases showed on August 16  that 625 new infections were recorded, bringing the total number of infections  to 223,453, while the number of deaths remained unchanged at 9,231 deaths.

In South Korea, the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded 279 new infections of the virus, which is the largest daily death toll in the country since the beginning of last March.

New Zealand recorded 13 new infections of the virus during the past 24 hours, with the continuing increase of the first outbreak of the virus in the country in months.

Russia starts producing "Sputnik V' – world's FIRST registered Covid-19 vaccine

The Russian Health Ministry announced on Saturday that production of the world's first registered coronavirus vaccine has begun. It's been named ‘Sputnik V’ after the famed space satellite, launched by Moscow in 1957.

The formula, officially known as ‘Gam-COVID-Vak,' was developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center in the Russian capital. It has two components that need to be injected three weeks apart to trigger an immune response to Covid-19. The director of Russia's sovereign wealth fund, which bankrolled the project, Kirill Dmitriev pointed out that Moscow had received applications for more than one billion doses of the vaccine from 20 countries.

Russia’s health regulator registered the vaccine after it passed Phase II trials in June and July. It was decided that completing a Phase III trial was not necessary for the initial roll-out because it is based on an already proven platform. However, it's important to note that Sputnik V won't go into general circulation until January 2021, allowing another four to five months in which to further observe its effectiveness.

First batch of Russian COVID-19 vaccine to be released within 14 days: Russian Minister of Health

Russia's Minister of Health Mikhail Murashko said on Wednesday that the first batches of the Russian coronavirus vaccine will be released within two weeks.

Medical workers will be the first ones to receive the shot, he explained, but noted that the vaccination will be a voluntary process.

The Russian market will be the focal point of vaccine production in its initial stages, the official also revealed.

Reuters reported that the minister rejected as “groundless” the safety concerns aired by some experts over Moscow’s rapid approval of the drug.

“It seems our foreign colleagues are sensing the specific competitive advantages of the Russian drug and are trying to express opinions that in our opinion are completely groundless,” Murashko said.

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday announced that Russia has registered the world’s first coronavirus vaccine named ‘Sputnik V’.

Putin: Russia Becomes First Country in the World to Register COVID-19 Vaccine

Russia's first vaccine against the coronavirus was developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute. Clinical trials of the vaccine were launched on 18 June and all 38 volunteers developed immunity.

Russia has become the first country in the world to register a vaccine against COVID-19, President Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday during a government meeting.

The president also asked Health Minister Mikhail Murashko to keep him informed about the vaccine, while at the same time noting that he knows "it works quite effectively" and "forms a stable immunity".

 "I hope we will be able to start mass production of this medication in the near future, which is very important", the president said.

Putin further thanked everyone who worked on the first-ever vaccine against the coronavirus, and described it as "a very important step for the world".

 "I hope that our colleagues abroad will also move forward, and there will be quite a lot of products that can be used on the market, on the world market for medicines and vaccines", Putin continued.

The Russian president also revealed that one of his daughters had been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Corona infections around the world exceed twenty million, and the United States records more than a quarter of them

Washington,(ST)-The number of recorded infections with the new Coronavirus has exceeded twenty million, while the United States recorded about a quarter of it.

According to a statistic reported by the World Meter website, the number of recorded injuries around the world reached 20258243, the deaths reached 738,965 deaths, and recovery cases 13189392.