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Russia Has Developed Two Ebola Vaccines, President Putin, Health Minister Announce

ABC News: Vladimir Putin’s Claim That Russia Has Invented World’s Best Ebola Drug Meets Skepticism
“Russian President Vladimir Putin surprised health officials across the world today when he announced that his country has invented the world’s most effective drug against Ebola. … But experts immediately raised doubts about Putin’s claims…” (Reevell, 1/13).

Agence France-Presse: Putin claims Russia has developed Ebola vaccine
“…Putin, who is famed for his talent for headline-grabbing announcements, did not give any name for the vaccine, nor did he say how it worked, who was developing it, or give details of any trials…” (1/13).

International Business Times: Has Russia Found A Cure To Ebola? Putin Claims Country Has Developed World’s Most Effective Vaccine
“…Last month, Russia reportedly registered two Ebola fever vaccines, which were developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences and tested in cooperation with the health and defense ministries. One of the vaccines was designed specifically for people with immunodeficiency, said Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova…” (Berger, 1/13).

Moscow Times: Putin Says Russia Developed World’s Best Ebola Vaccine
“… ‘We have good news,’ said Putin at a government meeting, according the TASS news agency. ‘We have registered a vaccine for Ebola that following testing has shown a high efficacy, higher than that of vaccines currently used’…” (1/13).

Newsweek: Putin Says Russia Has Made “Highly Effective” Ebola Vaccine
“…After the announcement, the head of the Russian parliament’s health committee, Sergey Furgal, told radio broadcaster RSN that he expected the Ebola vaccine to bring Russia ‘huge material dividends,’ earning Moscow ‘billions of dollars’…” (Sharkov, 1/14).

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