Russia president Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia has successfully approved the world’s first Coronavirus vaccine. Russian also becomes the first nation in the world to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing.
Earlier last month, Russia announced a successful completion of clinical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine in Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University. The approved vaccine was developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute after less than two months of human testing.
Vladimir Putin during a Government meeting on state television said his daughter has already been inoculated. The president also explained the efficiency of the vaccine during testing and gives a lasting immunity from Covid-19.
In a statement, the president said “I know that it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity, and I repeat, it has passed all the needed checks,” the Reuters news agency quotes him as saying.
He further explained that one of his two daughters was administered the vaccine and no complications afterward.
Russia has named its Covid-19 vaccine “Sputnik-V” — a reference to the surprise 1957 launch of the world’s first satellite. The vaccine Sputnik-V is a viral vector vaccine administered in two doses based on human adenovirus joined with SARS CoV-2’s spike protein to stimulate an immune response in the human body.
According to Russian Government, the vaccine contains dead coronavirus particles which cannot multiply and are therefore safe. It has successfully passed all clinical trials stages.
Russia hopes to start mass production of the vaccine before the end of the year. Over twenty (20) countries requested more than a billion doses, despite it not yet passing a crucial testing stage which is the Phase III trial. Health care workers, teachers and groups at risk of the virus will be first to be vaccinated.
Meanwhile, Russia has confirmed 4,945 new cases of Coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the official number of cases to 897,599, 15,131 deaths and 703,175 recovered cases as of today August 11.
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