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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.

Health Ministry: 63 new Coronavirus cases registered, 15 patients recovered, 2 passed away

The Ministry of Health announced on Sunday the  registration of  63 new Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, the recovery of 15 infections and the death of  2 others.

The Health Ministry said in a statement that the total number of Coronavirus cases in Syria has reached 1188, of which 346 patients have recovered while 52 have passed away.

The first case of Coronavirus  in Syria was registered on March 22nd and the first death was reported on the 29th of the same month.


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The number of Corona victims has increased in South Africa and Mexico

Johannesburg, Mexico City, (ST)-The South African Ministry of Health announced the registration of 553,188 new cases of Coronavirus, while the number of deaths has reached 301.

"This means that we have crossed the 10,000 threshold, with 10,000,210 deaths recorded so far," Health Minister Zwaili Mkhize was quoted by Agence France-Presse as saying.