Russia declares world’s first Covid-19 vaccine, Putin’s daughter gets inoculated

Putin also asked Mikhail Murashko, Health Minister of Russia to keep him updated about the vaccine. ‘This morning, for the first time in the world, a vaccine against the new coronavirus was registered,” informed Putin.

Amidst the struggle to develop a Covid-19 vaccine, Vladimir Putin, Russian President launched a coronavirus vaccine, acclaimed as the world’s first such vaccine. The enrollment of the vaccine prepared for mass injection even when the last stages of clinical tests to ensure safety and potency are being carried out. 

This declaration came as a consequence of the outburst of the novel coronavirus pandemic that has infected beyond 20 million people and took lives of about 750,000 all throughout the globe, thus, paralyzing world economies.

The president has appealed to Mikhail Murashko, Russia’s Health Minister to keep him updated about the Covid-19 vaccine, whereas at the same time he pointed out that he knows “it works quite effectively” and “forms a stable immunity,” as informed by Russian news agencies.

In a televised video conference call with government ministers, Putin stated that “This morning, for the first time in the world, a vaccine against the new coronavirus was registered” in Russia, as informed by news agency AFP.

Putin then went on to thank everyone who worked on the vaccine’s progress and termed it as “a very important step for the world.” He aspires that the country’s research institute will soon begin with the mass production of this coronavirus vaccine.

“I know that it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity, and I repeat, it has passed all the needed checks,” informed Putin.

He highlighted that the vaccine underwent the essential tests. He even added that one of his two daughters has taken a shot of the vaccine and is feeling okay, as told by Associated Press reports.

Nevertheless, the vaccine’s registration is provisional and tests will continue even when the production is in progress, told Murashko.

Murashko also stated that the first Russian vaccine against the coronavirus will be produced at two sites which are the Gamaleya Research Institute and Binnopharm, the company. 

“The two-stage injection plan helps form lasting immunity. The experience with vector vaccines and two-stage scheme shows that immunity lasts for up to two years,” the Health Ministry told, as informed by Sputnik News.

Presently, WHO and Russian health officials are discussing the procedure for potent WHO prequalification for its recently approved COVID-19 vaccine, a WHO spokesperson informed today.

Tarik Jasarevic, a WHO spokesperson informed during a U.N. briefing in Geneva that while referring to clinical tests,  “We are in close contact with Russian health authorities and discussions are ongoing with respect to possible WHO prequalification of the vaccine, but again prequalification of any vaccine includes the rigorous review and assessment of all required safety and efficacy data,” in accordance with Reuters.

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