Approval delays could allow rival vaccine-makers to sew up key markets.
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Putin has trumpeted the vaccine around the world, but Russia had produced just 33 million vaccines as of May 12 and exported fewer than 15 million.
Far from backing away from coal, Moscow is doubling down: Last summer, the Russian government approved an energy strategy that could see its coal output increase by up to 50% by 2035.
Some employees are coming under heavy pressure to sign up for the trials, an effort that medical ethicists say may run afoul of ethical norms.