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Putin’s Allies Are Ordering Sputnik Vaccine Across Latin America

Jan. 7, 2021, 2:58 PM

Sputnik V, the Covid-19 vaccine developed by an arm of the Russian government, has been met with deep skepticism from regulators across the world.

Except in Latin America. In Argentina, Venezuela and now Bolivia -- all run by leftist presidents with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin -- Sputnik has been approved for emergency use. In all, the countries have placed orders for more than 30 million doses of the vaccine.

Argentina last month became the first country outside the former Soviet bloc to deploy the Russian shots. And the governments of Nicaragua and Cuba, also long-standing Putin allies, ...

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