Sputnik V: ‘We want the vaccine to not be political,’ Kirill Dmitriev says

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    #Russia plans to boost the production of its #Covid-19 vaccine #SputnikV and increase its distribution around the world. While it is not yet approved by the EU, the #vaccine is already registered for use in over 40 countries. Kirill #Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund which financed Sputnik V, told FRANCE 24 “we want the vaccine to not be political” and that expanding its use would be “one of the non-political bridges that Russia and Europe can have together”.

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