Russia has launched a coronavirus vaccine, the world’s first, according to President Vladimir Putin. On Tuesday, he declared that Russia has successfully registered the coronavirus vaccine approved by its health ministry. The vaccine was only in the testing phase on humans for less than two months. Putin made public that one of his two daughters has already been vaccinated. Not specifying which of his two daughters — Maria or Katerina — he is talking about, Putin also mentioned that after the inoculation she was feeling fine despite a brief temperature increase.
With this development, Russia became the first country to officially use a coronavirus vaccine
Thanking the officials who worked on the vaccine against the deadly coronavirus, Putin stressed that the vaccine has proven safe and ready to use. He claimed that it underwent successful trials after clearing the necessary tests, emphasising that it can also boost immunity, as per news agency AFP.
Russian officials named it “Sputnik V” after the Soviet-era satellite that was the first launched into space in 1957, NDTV claims.
Calling it a first in the world, the President said, “The most important thing is to ensure full safety of using the vaccine and its efficiency”. He further added that the vaccine developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, offers “sustainable immunity” against the novel coronavirus, according to BBC.
What You Should Know
- Russian President Putin said that Russia has successfully launched a coronavirus vaccine and it is the health ministry approved
- Putin also revealed that one of his daughters is given two shots of the vaccine
- He insisted that it had passed “all needed checks”
The Russian leader has already given two shots of the vaccine to his daughter and assured that she is feeling well. “She has taken part in the experiment,” he said. However, scientists around the world have raised concerns while the World Health Organization said that “any WHO stamp of approval on a COVID-19 vaccine candidate would require a rigorous safety data review.”
Putin’s daughter feels fine now
Putin said his daughter took part in the experiment who had a slight temperature after a second injection and “that’s all”. “After the first vaccination, she had a body temperature of 38 degrees Celsius, while the following day it was slightly over 37 degrees Celsius, that’s it. After the second injection, the second vaccination, her temperature also rose a little, and then everything cleared up, she feels good and the titers [antibody] are high,” he added.
Further suggesting that Russia would soon start distributing it, he said, ”I hope we will be able to start mass production of this medication in the near future, which is very important.”He further called it “a very important step for the world”.
As of Tuesday, Russia’s coronavirus tally stood at 897,599 with 4,945 new cases of the coronavirus. Russia is the fourth largest worst-hit country in the world.
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