Russia to supply its COVID-19 vaccine to occupied Donbas / REUTERS

The Kremlin plans to supply its Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 to occupied Donbas.

"As far as I understand, there will also be supplies there (to occupied Donbas). I don't know exactly when. Perhaps it is better to ask the government. But, of course, people there also need a vaccine, and if not us, no one will supply it there," Russian President Vladimir Putin's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Wednesday, an UNIAN correspondent in Russia reported.

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  • In August 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia was the first in the world to register a coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik V. Putin also claimed that one of his daughters had been vaccinated with the vaccine.
  • Moscow has not provided the international scientific community with any data on vaccine trials confirming that it is safe and effective against COVID-19. Phase 3 clinical trials of the vaccine had not been conducted prior to registration. Yet, the Russian side claims the effectiveness of the vaccine is 92%.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukraine does not buy the Russian-made vaccine against COVID-19 as no one can guarantee the quality of that vaccine.