Russian President, Vladimir Putin, on Tuesday announced that his country has successfully developed first Covid-19 vaccine.
Putin made the announcement the during a televised video conference with Government Ministers.
In his words:
“This morning, for the first time in the world, a vaccine against the new coronavirus was registered.”
He further revealed that his daughter has already been inoculated with the new vaccine.
Mikhail Albertovich Murashko, the Minister of Health had earlier announced that the his country is expected to start the mass production of the vaccine from October 2020. He also assured that all expenses related to the vaccine will be covered in the state budget.
“At the moment, the last, third, stage is underway. The trials are extremely important. We have to understand that the vaccine must be safe. Medical professionals and senior citizens will be the first to get vaccinated,” Deputy Health Minister Oleg Gridnev told reporters on August 7 at the opening of a cancer centre building in the city of Ufa. We plan wider vaccinations for October,” Murashko said.
The clinical trials for this vaccine began on June 18 with 38 volunteers, out of which the first group of volunteers were discharged on July 15 and second group was discharged on July 20.
The vaccine, which was jointly developed by Gamaleya Research Institute and the Russian Defence Ministry, will be officially registered on August 12, which will make Russia the first country to do so.