Russia has become the first country in the world to approve Covid-19 vaccine. Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced on Tuesday, that Russia health ministry has approved the world’s first coronavirus vaccine.
Putin said that his daughter has already received the shot of the vaccine. This underscores how much he believes in the safety of the approved vaccine.
The vaccine, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, received the green light from the Russian Health Ministry on Tuesday, Putin revealed. He said that he hoped that Russia would soon start mass production of the Covid-19 vaccine.
The vaccine was approved after two months of human trial, according to Reuters.
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Putin disclosed that his own daughter has already been inoculated against the virus. The Russian president said that his daughter had a slight temperature after being given the vaccine, but that it quickly went away.
“I know that it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity, and I repeat, it has passed all the needed checks,” Putin said at government meeting on state television
“One of my daughters got the vaccine. In this sense, she took part in the experiment. After the first vaccination, she had a temperature of 38, the next day – 37 and that was all” he said
Millions of doses of the vaccine will be available by the end of the year. Front line workers will be prioritized in dosing out the vaccine.
According to WHO data, over 100 possible vaccines are being developed around the world to try to stop the COVID-19 pandemic. At least four are in final Phase III human trials, according.
Russia has the fourth largest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the world, behind the U.S, Brazil and India. The country has registered 890,799 cases with 695,317 recoveries and 14,973 deaths, according to John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre. Russia’s recovery rate is 78.06% and death rate at 1.68% as per the figures.
Globally, 20,092,855 cases have been confirmed, with 12,350,879 recoveries and 736,254 deaths. This figure puts the global recovery rate at 61.47% and death rate at 5.96%.