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US to ban entry to foreigners vaccinated with Russian Sputnik V – WP

Foreigners vaccinated with the Russian Sputnik V vaccine will not be able to enter the United States – writes The Washington Post with reference to the new rules for entering the country. According to the new rules, from November, foreign citizens vaccinated with a drug that is not approved by the World Health Organization or the US Food and Drug Administration ( FDA) will not

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WHO Suspends Sputnik V Approval Process Over Manufacturing Breaches 

Russia’s bid to have its coronavirus vaccine approved by either the WHO or EMA has run into multiple problems. The World Health Organization (WHO) has suspended its approval process for Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, pending a fresh inspection of at least one Russian factory manufacturing the shot. Speaking at a press briefing of the Pan American Health Organization, a

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What countries can Ukrainians visit after a full COVID vaccination – list

Citizens of Ukraine who received a full course of immunization against COVID-19, i.e. were administered two doses of the vaccine, have the opportunity to travel to a number of countries, including the European Union. The main precondition – is an international certificate of vaccination. This information is published on the Facebook page of the electronic medical system Helsi.me. UA reports

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Russia lost COVID vaccine war

The Kremlin’s ambitious plans to make Russia a major player in the vaccine market and earn tens of billions of dollars in supplies to poor countries are crumbling as contracts for Russian vaccine Sputnik V are on the verge of collapse due to delays and difficulties with production. Russian President Vladimir Putin personally joined the advertising campaign for the Russian

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EU Invites Russia to Discuss Mutual Vaccine Certificate Recognition – TASS

The European Union has approached Russia for talks on recognizing each other’s coronavirus vaccination certificates, EU Ambassador to Russia Markus Ederer said Thursday.  The EU launched its own digital vaccination certificate on July 1, allowing vaccinated EU citizens to travel freely within the 27-member bloc. As the certificate only recognizes vaccines authorized by the EU, those vaccinated with Russian-made jabs

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Covid-19: Mortality anti-record recorded in occupied Crimea

Over the past three weeks, the death rate has risen by 62% An anti-record death toll from coronavirus infection was set in the occupied Crimea last week, Krym Realii reports. “This week we have an anti-record. We have seen a significant increase in mortality compared to the previous two. The trend continues, over the past three weeks, the death rate

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St. Petersburg Euro 2020 Quarter-Final to Go Ahead Despite Covid Surge – Organizers

The Euro 2020 quarter-final in St. Petersburg on Friday will go ahead as planned, Russia’s tournament organizers told AFP Monday, as the city posted a new pandemic high for daily virus deaths.  “The quarter-final will take place as planned,” the press service of the organizing committee in Saint Petersburg said. A UEFA spokesperson told AFP that the surging outbreak “changes

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Saint Petersburg Posts Record Covid Toll Following Euro 2020

Russia’s Euro 2020 host Saint Petersburg on Saturday reported the country’s highest daily Covid-19 toll for a city since the start of the pandemic, data showed. Official figures said the city, which has already hosted six Euro 2020 matches and is due to host a quarter-final on Friday, recorded 107 virus deaths over the last 24 hours.  Russian news agencies

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St. Petersburg Coronavirus Patients Filmed Lying in Hospital Hallway

A video said to have been filmed inside a St. Petersburg coronavirus hospital Sunday shows patients lining the hallway in beds and on mattresses on the floor. The footage from City Hospital No. 15 that was shared on social media paints a dire picture of the pandemic’s third wave as authorities reintroduce anti-coronavirus restrictions and seek to revitalize a stalled

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The Hill to Die On: Russians Intent on Resisting Mandatory Vaccination

Those who had said nothing when the authorities rigged election results, shut down independent media outlets and jailed opposition members are now speaking out about their “impinging freedoms.” Moscow is in the grip of the third major wave of the pandemic. This time, a new and more contagious strain of the virus that originated in India is spreading rapidly among

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Charm; Diplomacy; Spies; Lies

Hello, and welcome to China Influence Monitor, a weekly newsletter published by CEPA and Coda Story and edited by me, Edward Lucas. We track the westward footprint of China’s influence operations, and their effects on politics, economies, societies and alliances across Central Asia, the Caucasus, Russia and Europe. SMOKE SIGNALS  Stoked by leaks from spookdom and growing circumstantial evidence, once-sceptical

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Putin Questions Moderna’s ‘Best’ Coronavirus Vaccine Recognition

Russian scientists and President Vladimir Putin raised objections Thursday after an annual vaccine conference named Moderna’s coronavirus jab the best in the world. The U.S. pharmaceutical giant’s jab was recognized as the world’s best Covid-19 vaccine at the annual World Vaccine Congress earlier in the day, edging out competitors including Pfizer-BioNTech and Russia’s Sputnik V. Putin, speaking at a televised

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EU plans to sign world’s largest vaccine deal with Pfizer

The European Union expects to receive about 1.8 billion doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine The European Union plans to sign the largest deal with the vaccine manufacturer Pfizer. They want to purchase a vaccine several years in advance to vaccinate EU residents against coronavirus. It was reported by Reuters. The European Union expects to receive about 1.8 billion doses of

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Russia Accuses Slovak Watchdog of Sputnik V ‘Sabotage,’ Demands Return of Vaccines

Slovakia’s drug watchdog said the batch it received was not the same as well-reviewed test batches. Sputnik V’s official Twitter account on Thursday accused the Slovak Drug agency SUKL of a “disinformation campaign” against the Russian vaccine after the watchdog said the batch of 200,000 vaccines the country received differed from those reviewed by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and

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Russia Approves ‘World’s First’ Coronavirus Vaccine for Pets

Russia has approved what it says is the world’s first coronavirus vaccine for pets, the state veterinary service said Wednesday. Carnivac-Cov underwent clinical trials on dogs, cats, mink and other animals starting in October, Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary Supervision, Rosselkhoznadzor, said in a statement. Mass production of the injectable suspension could be launched as early as April, Rosselkhoznadzor’s deputy

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France Slams Russia’s Sputnik Vaccine as ‘Propaganda’ Tool

France on Friday accused Russia of using its Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine as a tool to spread Moscow’s influence and message rather than as way to fight the global health crisis. “In terms of how it is managed, it (the Sputnik V vaccine) is more a means of propaganda and aggressive diplomacy than a means of solidarity and health aid,” Foreign Minister

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Rumors about AstraZeneca insecurity may be related to information attack from Russia – Tkachenko

Rumors about insecurity of AstraZeneca may be associated with an information attack from the Russian Federation, the purpose of which is to clear the pharmaceutical market for Sputnik 5, Minister of Culture of Ukraine Oleksandr Tkachenko said. “The Sputnik has not yet been approved for use in the European Union. The Kremlin, of course, blamed the United States and its

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Slovakia Health Minister Resigns Over Sputnik V Dispute

Slovakia’s health minister has announced his resignation after coming under pressure from the country’s four-party ruling coalition for ordering Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, Reuters reported Thursday.  Slovakia became the second EU country after Hungary to purchase Sputnik V for national use, bypassing EU authorization of the jab. Prime Minister Igor Matovic ignited backlash from two coalition parties when he

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The Culture of Resentment Revisited

“The Russian word обида – obida – umbrage, resentment, pouting, holding a grudge – has become a core element in shaping public attitudes by the Russian state media’s spin doctors”, we wrote back in early January 2020. Just before the start of the global pandemic, the pro-Kremlin media was gearing up for celebrating the 75th anniversary of the victory over

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Jabs and Jibes

Edward Lucas Vaccine diplomacy brings gains for China and Russia. But not for long. The Westhas messed up its response to the global pandemic. The rich countries have bought 5.4 billion of the 7.8 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines so far manufactured. In many cases, they are struggling to distribute this haul efficiently to their own people, let alone deal

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EU Starts Approval Process for Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine

Medicines regulator starts a “rolling review” of existing published data on safety and effectiveness. The EU has begun analyzing clinical trial data for Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine — the first step in a process which could lead to the vaccine’s approval for use across the 27-member bloc. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said Thursday it had begun a so-called “rolling

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Russian vaccine Sputnik V not to be registered in Ukraine – Stepanov

Russian vaccine against Sputnik V will not be registered in Ukraine, Health Minister Maksym Stepanov said. “One political force has arranged some kind of hysteria over the registration of the Russian vaccine. I can immediately say that no one will register the Russian vaccine in the country,” he said at a briefing on Friday. Also, Stepanov urged not to listen

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If decision made to return adaptive quarantine, changes to take effect in seven days – PM

The Health Ministry of Ukraine is considering the possibility of introducing adaptive quarantine depending on the incidence of coronavirus (COVID-19) in different regions, Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal said at a conference call on preventing the spread of COVID-19 disease. “The indicators that we see today in terms of the number of cases, hospitalized and those who recovered indicate

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Covid vaccine: WHO warns of ‘catastrophic moral failure’

The world faces a “catastrophic moral failure” because of unequal Covid vaccine policies, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was not fair for younger, healthy people in richer nations to get injections before vulnerable people in poorer states. He said over 39 million vaccine doses had been given in 49 richer

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