Sputnik V: Russia registers World's first Covid-19 vaccine, Putin's daughter among those inoculated
Moscow, Aug 11: Amid the rising novel coronavirus cases and deaths across the world, Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday has announced the registration of the world's first coronavirus vaccine 'Sputnik' with mass production expected to start in September and mass vaccination in October. He said that his own daughter has been vaccinated with new coronavirus vaccine.
The country named its first approved COVID-19 vaccine 'Sputnik V' for foreign markets, in reference to the world's first satellite, a top official said on Tuesday.
Speaking at a government meeting on Tuesday, Putin said that the vaccine has proven efficient during tests, offering a lasting immunity from the coronavirus.
Putin emphasised that the vaccine underwent the necessary tests. He added that one of his two daughters has received a shot of the vaccine and is feeling well.
"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 [antibody] titers are high," Putin said.
"It works quite effectively" and "forms a stable immunity," he said. Putin thanked everyone who worked on the first-ever vaccine against the coronavirus and hoped that Russia will be able to start mass production of this medication in the near future.
"I hope that our colleagues abroad will also move forward, and there will be quite a lot of products that can be used on the market, on the world market for medicines and vaccines," Putin was quoted as saying by the agency. Health Minister Mikhail Murashko has said that the first Russian vaccine against the coronavirus will begin to be produced at two sites - the Gamaleya Research Institute and the company Binnopharm.
Russian authorities have said that medical workers, teachers and other risk groups will be the first to be inoculated.
Russia is the first country to register a coronavirus vaccine. Many scientists in the country and abroad have been skeptical, however, questioning the decision to register the vaccine before Phase 3 trials that normally last for months and involve thousands of people.
The vaccine was developed by Gamaleya Research Institute and the Russian Defence Ministry, Deputy Health Minister Oleg Gridnev said last Friday, according to a report.
On Monday, the Association of Clinical Trials Organizations (ACTO) industry body that represents organizations conducting multinational clinical trials in Russia had urged for more tests before its registration.
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Russia currently has two COVID-19 vaccine candidates in the race - one, a vaccine being developed by the Vektor State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology.
Meanwhile, a total of 26 vaccine candidates are being developed, according to the World Health Organisation, as a process normally taking up to 15 years has been squeezed into a matter of months.