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Through a teleconference, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced today the registration of a vaccine against the coronavirus (COVID-19), the vaccine was developed by the Gamaleya Institute in Moscow.
According to the Russian president, the vaccine generates stable immunity and he affirmed that it successfully passed all the necessary controls, in addition to adding that the vaccine had been tested on his own daughter, saying that she had a little fever but that she is fine.
The registration of the vaccine has raised questions in the scientific community; its efficacy and safety are doubted, since there are accusations about shortcuts that the country has taken to reach the vaccine. According to the CNN portal, Russian officials said that the Phase 3 testing would be done after vaccine registration.
Yet neither Russia nor the Gamaleya Institute have published scientific data about their vaccine tests.
With this Putin declared victory in the world race for the development of the coronavirus vaccine, he reported that Russia will make its vaccine available to the public on January 1, 2021.
The World Health Organization (WHO) pointed out that the Russian vaccine must follow the prequalification and review procedures dictated by the organization, “accelerating the processes should not mean compromising safety,” said Tarik Jasarevic, the WHO spokesman.
The spokesman also affirmed feeling encouraged “by the speed at which the vaccines are being developed”, he hopes that “some of them will be safe and efficient”.
The vaccine was named “Sputnik V” this in honor of the Soviet satellite. Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian investment fund explained that more than 1,000 million doses were ordered by 20 countries, in addition, the official pointed out that the tests of the Phase three of the vaccine will begin next Wednesday.