Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday said that Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute has registered the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine for use, and that one of his daughters has got a shot.
“This morning, for the first time in the world, a vaccine against the new coronavirus was registered” in the country, Putin said during a televised video conference call with government ministers.
“One of my daughters got vaccinated, so in this sense, she took part in the testing,” he added, before saying that his daughter was feeling fine despite a slight increase in their temperature, that quickly went “back to normal.”
Putin added that the so-called “Sputnik-V” vaccine, went through the necessary tests, as Russian healthcare regulators approved the vaccine.
“It works effectively enough, forms a stable immunity and, I repeat, it has gone through all necessary tests,” the Russian President stressed.
His announcement came amid growing concerns over the safety of the vaccine, as it skipped the long-lasting Phase 3 trials, with scientists and the World Health Organisation (WHO) warning against cutting corners and urging Kremlin to follow international guidelines for the vaccine production.
Russian officials said that large-scale production of the vaccine will begin in September, and mass vaccination is planned to start in October, while vaccination will be voluntary.