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Russian Elite Given Experimental Covid-19 Vaccine Since April

  • Officials, executives given early access during testing
  • Russia aims to begin mass inoculations as early as September
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Scores of Russia’s business and political elite have been given early access to an experimental vaccine against Covid-19, according to people familiar with the effort, as the country races to be among the first to develop an inoculation.

Top executives at companies including aluminum giant United Co. Rusal, as well as billionaire tycoons and government officials began getting shots developed by the state-run Gamaleya Institute in Moscow as early as April, the people said. They declined to be identified as the information isn’t public.