Russia has dismissed mounting International concern over the safety of its locally developed COVID-19 vaccine as absolutely groundless.

On Tuesday, Russian government said a vaccine had been given regulatory approval after less than two months of testing on humans.

But experts were quick to raise concerns about the speed of Russia’s work and a growing list of countries has expressed scepticism.

The World Health Organisation, said it was in talks with Russian authorities about undertaking a review of the vaccine, which has been named Sputnik-v.

The Russian vaccine is not among the WHO’s list of six vaccines that have reached phase three clinical trials, which involve more widespread testing humans.

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