Putin Claims Russia Has Created World’s First Coronavirus Vaccine
Vladimir Putin claims Russia has created the world’s first vaccine for COVID-19.
The vaccine, produced by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute after shortened trials, has been given regulatory approval by Putin despite concerns it has not been fully tested. The Russian president claims the trials showed it was safe and ‘formed long-term immunity’.
At a cabinet meeting this morning, August 11, he said: ‘One of my daughters did the inoculation herself. After the first injection, her temperature went up to 38, but by the next day it was just a little over 37.’
As per The Telegraph, Putin described the vaccine as a ‘very important step for the world’, saying: ‘I know that it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity, and I repeat, it has passed all the needed checks.’
As reported by The Independent, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said Russia will roll out vaccinations for medical staff this month, who will be able to volunteer, with vaccinations for the public hoped to begin early next year.
While not as considerably afflicted as the US, Russia has been battling a significant spread of coronavirus, with more than 898,000 confirmed cases and 15,131 deaths.
This approval sets Russia on the path to a much larger trial of the vaccine involving thousands more participants, commonly dubbed Phase III. According to the World Health Organisation, more than 100 vaccines are currently being developed around the globe in an effort to curb the current pandemic, with at least four in their Phase III trials.
While Kirill Dmitriev, head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, has compared the coronavirus vaccine race to the battle to launch the first satellite, both health officials and the general public have cast doubts over the safety of such rapid production.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the US government’s leading infectious diseases expert, earlier said: ‘I do hope that the Chinese and the Russians are actually testing the vaccine before they are administering the vaccine to anyone. Claims of having a vaccine ready to distribute before you do testing is problematic in the very least.’
However, in a bid to allay people’s concerns, President of the Phillipines Rodrigo Duterte said: ‘When the vaccine arrives, I will have myself injected in public. Experiment on me first, that’s fine with me.’
Speaking on television on Monday, August 10, he added: ‘I will tell President Putin that I have huge trust in your studies in combating COVID-19 and I believe that the vaccine that you have produced is really good for humanity.’
Let’s hope a safe and effective vaccine is developed and made available very soon.
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