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Russia To Sell 100 Million Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccine To India

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Russia To Sell 100 Million Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccine To India

Despite concerns over Russia’s highly touted coronavirus vaccine, the country’s sovereign wealth fund has agreed to supply 100 million doses of its vaccine, Sputnik-V, to Indian drug company Dr Reddy’s Laboratories.

Russia’s sovereign wealth fund disclosed this on Wednesday, as Moscow speeds up plans to distribute its shot abroad.

The deal comes after the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) reached agreements with Indian manufacturers to produce 300 million doses of the vaccine in India, which is a major consumer of Russian oil and arms.

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Earlier on Tuesday, Russia’s health minister, Mikhail Murashko said one in seven volunteers have complained of side effects including weakness and muscle pain after taking Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine.

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According to the state-run TASS news agency, Murashko said more than 300 out of the announced 40,000 volunteers have been vaccinated so far, adding that “approximately 14% have small complaints of weakness, muscle pain for 24 hours and an occasional increase in body temperature.”

Large-scale trials, known as Phase III, involving at least 40,000 persons, were launched in Russia on Aug. 26 but have yet to be completed.

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RDIF has already inked vaccine supply deals with Kazakhstan, Brazil and Mexico and has reached a manufacturing partnership agreement with India to produce 300 million doses of the Sputnik-V vaccine there.

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Alexei Navalny Discharged From Berlin Hospital

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Alexei Navalny Discharged From Berlin Hospital

Medical authorities at the German hospital in berlin that has been treating Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny say he has improved enough to be released from the hospital.

Navalny is the most vociferous opponent of president Vladimir Putin who was flown to Germany two days after falling ill in August on A Russian domestic flight.  On his arrival in Germany, medical tests revealed he was poisoned with a Soviet-er nerve agent.

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Navalny was kept in an induced coma for more than two weeks.  Members of his team have accused the kremlin of involvement in the poisoning.  Russian, of course, has strongly denied that charge.

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Medical officials at the berlin hospital say it is possible Navalny would completely recover from the nerve agent poisoning.

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Greece: Hundreds Of Asylum Seekers On Lesbos Test Positive For COVID-19

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Greece- Hundreds Of Asylum Seekers On Lesbos Test Positive For COVID-19

Authorities in Greece have confirmed two hundred forty-three persons among thousands of asylum-seekers on the Island of Lesbos have tested positive for coronavirus infections.

Health officials say the average age of those confirmed positive was 24, and most were asymptomatic.

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All one hundred sixty police and administrative staff who had come in contact with the migrants tested negative for the virus.

Government spokesperson, Stelios Petsas says the positive cases from lesbos would be added to Greece’s official coronavirus figures.

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More than 12,000 asylum-seekers were left homeless nearly two weeks ago after fires on two successive nights destroyed the notoriously overcrowded Moria camp.

Greek authorities say the fires were deliberately set by a small group of Afghans angered by lockdown and isolation orders.

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The country is experiencing a resurgence of the virus with more than 15,000 confirmed positive cases and 338 deaths in this country of nearly 11 million persons.

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Italians Vote To Slash Size Of Parliament By A Third

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Italians Vote To Slash Size Of Parliament By A Third

Italians have voted in a referendum to reduce the size of the country’s parliament by more than a third.

Almost 70% of the people have voted in favour of the change, with almost all votes counted.

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The number of MPs in the lower house will be reduced from 634 to 400. The senate will also be downsized.

The referendum was pushed by the five star movement, a part of the governing coalition, which argues this new move will reduce costs.

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The referendum was held alongside several key regional elections.

The total number of MPs and senators will be cut from 945 to 600. The change had already been pushed through parliament.

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However, critics argue this will weaken the authority of parliament and deliver minimal cost-saving benefits.

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