It’s official. Russia created the world’s first registered VOCID-19 vaccine. The vaccine goes into circulation on January 1, 2021.
Announced today by Russian President Vladimir Putin, it will enter into circulation on January 1, 2021, according to the Russian Ministry of Health.
The date for the distribution of the Russian vaccine against COVID-19 was indicated by the official Russian entity that registers medicines and that belongs to the Ministry of Health.
In recent weeks, Russia has guaranteed the production of thousands of doses of vaccines against the new coronavirus and several million early next year.
At the time, the World Health Organisation called for compliance with the protocols and regulations in force on the development of an anti-VOCID-19 vaccine.
For several months, scientists and researchers in Russia have been involved in the discovery of a vaccine, as have other countries around the world.
The researchers at the Gamaleia centre in Russia work in collaboration with the Russian Ministry of Health.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced today that Russia has become the first country in the world to register a vaccine against the new coronavirus.
“This morning a vaccine against the new coronavirus was registered for the first time in the world,” Putin said during a meeting with members of the Russian government.
According to the head of state, the Russian vaccine is “effective” and has overcome all the necessary tests as well as allowing a “stable immunity” against COVID-19.
Putin added that one of his two daughters has already received a dose of the vaccine and is feeling well.
“She participated in the experiment,” said Putin, stating that her daughter had a bit of a fever “and that was it.
However, many scientists at home and abroad questioned the decision to register the vaccine before the scientists completed the so-called Phase 3 study.
This phase usually takes several months and involves thousands of people and is the only way to prove that the experimental vaccine is safe and works.
The SARS CoV-2 pandemic has already caused over 733 000 deaths and infected over 20 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a review by the French agency AFP.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected at the end of December in Wuhan, a city in central China.
After Europe succeeded China as the centre of the pandemic in February, the American continent now has the most confirmed cases and the most deaths.