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Russia has become the first country in the world to register a vaccine against COVID-19, President Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday (11/08/20) during a government meeting. Russia's President Vladimir Putin said that the world has its first vaccine against the coronavirus. The President announced on a meeting with Russian Government members, via videoconference that the vaccine has been registered and his daughter is among those who have been vaccinated. The move comes before the country plans to start mass vaccination in October.
"As far as I know, today in the morning the first vaccine against the new coronavirus infection was registered. In this respect, I would like to ask health minister Mikhail Albertovich Murashko to inform us more detail. Although I know, it work effectevely, forms stable immunity and I repeat, it has gone trough all necessary checks" President Putin said.
As quoted from sputniknews.com, Russia's first vaccine against the coronavirus was jointly developed by the Gamaleya Research Institut and Defence Ministry. Clinical trials kicked off on 18 June and included 38 volunteers including President Putin’s Daugther. All of the participants developed immunity. The first group was discharged on 15 July, the second group on 20 July.
"It has a more spesific effect, it forms stable anti-body and cell-mediated immune response. I also know it very well, because one of my daugthers was subject to this vaccine. I think it means that she took part of this experiment" President Putin added.
The vaccine was named 'Sputnik V' in reference to the 1957 launch of a Soviet satellite, which opened space to exploration by humans. The vaccine is expected to go into civilian circulation on 1 January 2021, according to the registration certificate. The vaccine developers have prepared documents for further clinical trials involving several thousand people. For emergency monitoring of the health status of those vaccinated and to control effectiveness and safety, the Russia Healthcare Ministry is developing a single digital system that makes it possible to monitor the safety and quality of the medication at all stages of the life cycle. This includes a registry of the vaccinated patients////Kremlin realese/Sputniknews.com/NK/AHM