Russia announces world’s first Coronavirus vaccine, President’s Daughter Vaccinated
As the world’s research organizations are running behind the Coronavirus vaccine, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin launched the world’s first Coronavirus vaccine.
“This morning, for the first time in the world, a vaccine against the new coronavirus was registered” in Russia, he said.
Before the vaccine was finalised, he asked the health ministry to keep him updated regarding the vaccine trials. According to him the vaccine “works quite effectively” and “forms a stable immunity”, and he also claimed that the vaccine has undergone all the necessary trials and precautions.
“I know that it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity, and I repeat, it has passed all the needed checks,” said Putin.
He also stated that one of his two daughters has taken this vaccination and is quite good.
They will soon start mass production of the vaccine, however, the trials will still be continued. Moreover, he asked the government to keep a check in providing the fund for Flu and Coronavirus vaccines after they are registered, as they prepare to get up to 60% of the Russians vaccinated against the flu.
According to the Health Minister Mikhail Murashko, mass immunization will be started by October. As those who are the most vulnerable of the disease like medical workers will be vaccinated earlier.
Russia’s first coronavirus vaccine is developed jointly by Gamaleya Research Institute and the Russian Defence Ministry.
The trials of the vaccine were started on June 18, and all the 38 volunteers included were able to develop immunity. The first group was discharged on July 15 and the second group on July 20.
On Tuesday, Russia registered 4,945 new cases of the novel coronavirus, pushing its national case tally to 897,599, the fourth largest in the world.
The official death toll rose to 15,131 after authorities said in their daily coronavirus report that 130 people had died in the previous 24 hours.