Russia said on Wednesday the first batch of its COVID-19 vaccine would be ready for some medics within two weeks and rejected as “groundless” safety concerns aired by some experts over Moscow’s rapid approval of the drug.
Russia on Tuesday became the first country to officially register a coronavirus vaccine and declare it ready for use, despite international skepticism. President Vladimir Putin said that one of his daughters has already been inoculated.
Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte has lauded Russia’s efforts to develop a coronavirus vaccine and is willing to participate in trials, as he welcomed a supply offer from Moscow that he expects will be free of charge.
Spokesperson Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova is to discuss issues of mutual interest with his Iranian counterpart in an online seminar on Tuesday instead of travelling to Iran which was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov informed that JCPOA Joint Commission may meet in the near future but the meeting’s date will depend on the further easing of lockdown measures, including transport restrictions.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday it would respond with reciprocal measures to European Union travel and financial sanctions against a department of Russia’s military intelligence service for alleged cyber attacks.