12:14 GMT18 January 2021
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    CARACAS (Sputnik) - Venezuela will receive the first batch of 10 million doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 in the upcoming weeks, President Nicolas Maduro said during his speech to the nation on Tuesday.

    "The Russian ambassador has just given me the good news that the first 10 million Sputnik V vaccines will come to Venezuela very soon to ensure mass vaccination of those sectors of the population who need it most," Maduro said.

    The president also added that the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) is assessing the effectiveness of four vaccines, including the Cuban Soberana 02 vaccine against COVID-19.

    Venezuela began conducting phase three clinical trials of Sputnik V in mid-October, and several high-profile officials, including Maduro's son, Nicolas Maduro Guerra, have received the vaccine.

    In December, the Latin American country signed an agreement with Russia on the vaccine's delivery to start mass vaccination.

    Maduro stated that Venezuela's mass vaccination campaign against COVID-19 is likely to begin in April 2021.

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