Russia becomes first country to register COVID-19 vaccine: Putin

Vladimir Putin

New Delhi (NVI): Russian President Vladimir Putin today announced that Russia has become the first country in the world to register a vaccine against COVID-19.

Speaking at a government meeting, Putin said that Russia has successfully registered coronavirus vaccine after the approval of Russia’s Health Ministry.

Russian President said, ” I hope we will be able to start mass production of this medication in the near future, which is very important, “reported Sputnik. He also called it as “a very important step for the world”.

Putin further stated that one of his daughters has been vaccinated against coronavirus, Sputnik quoted.

“One of my daughters got vaccinated. In fact, she took part in the experiment. 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 all,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Russia’s Healthcare Minister Mikhail Murashko also informed that the COVID-19 vaccine of Russian Microbiology Research Center Gamaleya has been registered. The vaccine proved to be safe and effective, he added.

Russia is also hoping to start mass production of the vaccine soon, said the president. However, the vaccine is expected to go into civilian circulation on January 1, 2021, according to the registration certificate.

The clinical human trials of the Russian vaccine kicked off on June 18 which included 38 volunteers. All of the participants developed immunity. The first group was discharged on July 15 and the second group on July 20.

-RJV