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Russia shows off new Covid-19 vaccine factory even as its people hesitate to get the shot

February 23, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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CNN gets an exclusive look inside one of seven new Russian production centers pumping out the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. But even as millions of doses are being produced, people in Moscow seem wary of getting it.

Now, that site is being used to mass-produce a vaccine aimed at protecting people around the world from the coronavirus.

CNN gained exclusive access to the facility, now home to Generium Pharmaceutical, which has been contracted to scale up production of the Russian vaccine against Covid-19, Sputnik V.

The vaccine has become one of the world's most preordered, with at least 30 countries, from Argentina to the Philippines, signing contracts for nearly 2. 5 billion doses so far, according to figures from the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which is responsible for global production and distribution of the vaccine.

Earlier this month, one of the key scientists behind the development of the vaccine said about 2. 2 million people -- less than 2% of the Russian population -- have received at least the initial dose of the two-shot regimen.

Sputnik V was the first vaccine against Covid-19 to be approved for use anywhere in the world last August, even before large-scale human trials had been completed.

Staff told CNN they were vaccinating about 200 people every day.

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