Russia approves first coronavirus vaccine, Putin says his daughter received dose
The announcement of the ‘Sputnik V’ vaccine for Covid-19 was made by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. However, the vaccine is yet to complete final trials.
President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia had become the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing, a move hailed by Moscow as evidence of its scientific prowess.
The vaccine still has to complete final trials, raising concerns among some experts at the speed of its approval, but the Russian business conglomerate Sistema has said it expects to put it into mass production by the end of the year.
Russian health workers treating Covid-19 patients will be offered the chance of volunteering to be vaccinated in the coming weeks, a source told Reuters last month.
Regulatory approval paves the way for the mass inoculation of the Russian population and authorities hope it will allow the economy, which has been battered by fallout from the virus, to return to full capacity.
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Russia produces coronavirus vaccine – Putin
MOSCOW, 11th August, 2020:
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday Russia produced a vaccine against coronavirus, Covid-19.
Putin, speaking before a virtual government meeting, said a production line to produce the vaccine on a large scale would be operated soon, Russian TV reported.
He said vaccinations would be voluntary, and assured the citizens that the vaccine was safe and that one of his daughters took the medicine and “she is well.”
The Russian Ministry of Health, in a statement on its website, said the vaccination would secure a two-year immunity.
It said vaccinations of the public would begin early January.(KUNA)