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Coronavirus: why Russia has so little vaccinated population despite developing one of the first vaccines against covid-19

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Dosis de Sputnik V.

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Sputnik V put Russia ahead in the race to develop a coronavirus vaccine.

At the beginning of August 2020, Russia was at the forefront of the global race that had begun to achieve a vaccine against the new coronavirus.

President Vladimir Putin told the world that his country already had the first approved vaccine and announced that in October of that year they would launch a mass vaccination campaign.

Sputnik V, as it was baptized, had been developed by the National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology (Gamaleya) together with the Ministry of Defense.

However, just over a year later, Russia is the fifth country in the world that has registered the highest number of infections (more than 7.8 million) and more deaths (217,000), according to data from Johns Hopkins University in the United States.

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