Russia announces world’s first Covid vaccine, Putin got his own daughter inoculated first
In what can be touted as the world’s first Covid vaccine, Russia has announced its first covid-19 vaccine, launched by President Vladimir Putin.
The country has registered the world’s first coronavirus vaccine early Tuesday, August 11, amid widespread concerns about the rapidly developed vaccine’s safety. Earlier, it was reported that Moscow would register its COVID-19 vaccine candidate on Wednesday, August 12.
Last week, the Health Ministry announced that it plans to begin mass production in September and launch a mass vaccination drive in October. The vaccine developed by the state-run Gamaleya research institute entered clinical studies on June 18 and moved into the phase 3 trials last week.
Putin thanked everyone who worked on the first-ever vaccine against the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, even as he called it as a ‘very important step for the world’. The president also confirmed that one of his daughters has already received the jab.