07:18 GMT22 January 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Iraq is closely following Russia's effort related to the coronavirus vaccines and maintains contact with Moscow on the matter, Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein said on Thursday.

    "We closely follow the process of vaccine creation and use. I know that our agencies are in contact with Russian colleagues on the matter," Hussein said at a press conference when asked if Baghdad plans to purchase Russian vaccines against COVID-19.

    In August, Russia became the first country in the world to register a vaccine against COVID-19, dubbed Sputnik V and developed by the Gamaleya research centre. In October, Russia registered its second vaccine, EpiVacCorona, developed by the Vector research centre.

    Sputnik V is 92 percent effective, based on data from the first 16,000 volunteers who have received both shots of the two-dose vaccine.

    Samples of Sputnik V have already been delivered to India, Hungary, Armenia, Belarus, and other countries for ongoing trials. Russian President Vladimir Putin said earlier this month that dozens of other countries have also expressed a wish to buy Russia's COVID vaccines, including EpiVacCorona, that was registered in October.

    Fouad Hussein, vaccine, coronavirus, COVID-19, Russia, Iraq
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