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    Hans Kluge previously thanked Russia during a meeting with Health Minister Mikhail Murashko, stressing that the World Health Organisation appreciates the efforts the country has made to develop a vaccine against COVID-19.

    Regional Director for Europe at the WHO Hans Kluge held a press conference in Moscow after visiting a telemedical facility, where coronavirus patients with mild symptoms may get professional help without leaving their homes.

    Kluge earlier expressed confidence that the ongoing post-registration trials of the Russian vaccine, Sputnik V, will bear positive results as he thanked the country for a safe and effective drug against the coronavirus.

    On 11 August, Russia became the first country in the world to officially register a vaccine against COVID-19, developed by the Gamaleya Scientific Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology. It underwent two successful phases of clinical trials and is now undergoing post-registration trials involving about 42,000 people in Russia and around the world.

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