With more than 20 million cases of covid-19 recorded worldwide and at least 736,000 deaths, according to John Hopkins University data, and a daily resurgence in the number of cases across the world there has been a much needed desire for a vaccine to reduce on these unwanted statistics.
On Tuesday, Russia officially registered the first coronavirus vaccine developed by the Moscow-based Gamaleya Institute, President Vladimir Putin said on Russian state Tv. Speaking in a live teleconference with his cabinet ministers, Putin said the vaccine had gone through all the necessary checks.
” A vaccine against coronavirus has been rgistered for the first time in the world this morning,” Putin said, adding: ”I know that it works quite effectively, it forms a stable immunity.” ” So we are the first to have registered. I hope our foreign colleagues’ work will move as well, and a lot of products will appear on an international market that could be used.”
Putin further thanked everyone who worked on the vaccine’s development and described it as ”a very important step for the world”. He hopes the country’s research body will soon start mass production of coronavirus vaccine. He emphasized that the vaccine underwent the necessary tests. He added that one of his daughters has received a shot of the vaccine and is feeling well, according to associated press reports.
Reports about Russia’s vaccine have come amid concerns about its safety, effectiveness and allegations that the country has cut essential corners in its development. Critics say the country’s push for a vaccine comes amid political pressure from the Kremlin, which is keen to portray Russia as a global scientific force.
Russsia has released no scientific data on its vaccine testing and its unable to verify its effectiveness or safety yet. However, WHO and Russian health authorities are discussing the process for possible WHO prequalification for its newly approved COVID-19 vaccine, a WHO spokesperson said today.