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Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine showed high efficacy and safety levels in a peer-reviewed study, a potential boost for the Kremlin’s aim to promote the Covid-19 shot abroad and curb the pandemic at home, The Wall Street Journal says. The findings, from a preliminary analysis of a large-scale clinical trial published in The Lancet, demonstrated 91.6% efficacy against symptomatic Covid-19 and offered complete protection against severe cases. There were no serious side effects and similar safety and efficacy was found in older adults.

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