“This morning for the first time, a vaccine against Novel Coronavirus Pandemic has been registered, ” said Putin.
Russia has developed the first vaccine offering “sustainable immunity” against the coronavirus, Russia’s President Putin announced it on Tuesday. The launching of the vaccine will create a foundation for mass vaccination even as the final stages of clinical trials to test safety and effectiveness continue.
“This morning, for the first time in the world, a vaccine against the new coronavirus was registered” in Russia, Putin said in a televised video conference call with government ministers.
The president further thanked everyone who worked on the vaccine’s development and stated it as “a very important step for the world”. He expects the country’s research body to soon start mass production of the coronavirus vaccine.
Currently, Russia has two COVID-19 vaccine candidates– the first, a vaccine being developed by the Vektor State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology and the second is a vaccine being produced by the Gamaleya Scientific Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology with the Russian Defence Ministry.
In April, Putin had ordered state officials to shorten the time of clinical trials for a variety of drugs, that included potential coronavirus vaccines.
However, health experts are worried that Russia is carrying out the entire process perfunctorily and fast-tracking the process, putting the people at risk. The World Health Organization (WHO) also stepped in and has advised the country to follow the fixed guidelines to produce a ‘safe and effective vaccine’.
Russia has a total of 809,800 ongoing cases, which makes it the fourth highest Coronavirus affected country in the world. The official death toll has risen to 15,131.