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Russia aims COVID vaccine at Asian buyers beyond Philippines

Vietnam and others eye Sputnik V doses as scientists spar over safety

Vaccine development in a Russian lab: While Moscow sees limited sales prospects in Western markets, it views Asia as "promising."   © Reuters

MOSCOW -- Asia figures prominently in Russia's multibillion-dollar plans for its new coronavirus vaccine -- one that has prompted international experts and even some Russian scientists to raise concerns about its safety.

Others insist the skepticism voiced by the likes of top U.S. doctor Anthony Fauci and others is unwarranted, and that Russia is taking a responsible path.

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