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EU Regulator Starts A Review Of Russia’s COVID-19 Vaccine

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Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine arrives at Kosice Airport, Slovakia, on Monday March 1, 2021. In a statement Thursday March 4, 2021, the European Medicines Agency regulator says it has started a rolling review of the Sputnik V vaccine that appears to be safe and effective, months after the vaccine was first approved for use in Russia and after dozens of countries around the world have authorized it. (Frantisek Ivan/TASR via AP)

(AP) — The European Medicines Agency says has started a rolling review of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, many months after it was first approved for use in Russia and after dozens of countries around the world have authorized it. Despite skepticism about Russia’s hasty introduction of the vaccine, which was rolled out before it had completed late-stage trials, the vaccine appears to be safe and effective. According to a study published in the Lancet, Sputnik V was about 91% effective and appears to prevent inoculated individuals from becoming severely ill with COVID-19.

 

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