A jab at coronavirus vaccine diplomacy: How Russia won the battle

Last August as the world was battling a surge in coronavirus cases, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the country has registered the world’s first Covid-19 vaccine — Sputnik V. At the time there were 25 vaccine candidates in the clinical evaluation stage globally. Oxford University had started the phase III trial of its vaccine, while Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot vaccine was still in phase I and II trials. Putin’s announcement about the vaccine drew interest and skepticism in equal measure. Critics in Russia and abroad questioned the use of .....

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