Russia has officially registered a coronavirus vaccine developed by Gamaleya Institute in Moscow. President Vladimir Putin made this announcement on Russian state TV on Tuesday, 11th August 2020.
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 registered 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’re 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 said.
The Russian President said that one of his daughters has taken the vaccine; he said she had a slightly higher temperature following the injections, but that she now feels better.
“I know this very well too, as one of my daughters has been inoculated with the vaccine,” he said.
“I think that this way she participated in the experiment. After the first injection her temperature was 38 [degrees Celsius], the next day 37-something and that’s it. After the second injection the temperature also got a bit higher but that’s it, then it went back down. Now she feels well.”
Some reports about Russia’s vaccine have surfaced amid concerns about its safety, effectiveness and allegations that the country has cut essential corners in its development.
Russian officials said that crucial Phase III trials would take place after state registration of the vaccine.
Russia is yet to release scientific data on its vaccine testing and CNN is unable to verify its claimed safety or effectiveness.
Critics claim 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.