Putin claims Russia has developed first coronavirus vaccine
Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that this vaccine, called “Sputnik“, gave “lasting immunity”. And said one of his daughters had it inoculated.
Has Russia already won the global race to find a vaccine against Covid-19? The head of Russian state Vladimir Putin made a surprising announcement, claiming on Tuesday August 11 in a video-conference -with members of the government broadcast on television- that Russia has developed the “first” vaccine against the coronavirus, before adding: “I know that it is quite effective, that it gives lasting immunity. “
The Russian president also ensured that one of his daughters had been inoculated with the vaccine. “I think that somewhere she participated in the experiments,” Vladimir Putin said, according to statements reported by the Interfax agency, a few minutes after announcing the approval of this inoculation.
This announcement of a first vaccine, while eagerly awaited, should be taken with caution, however, as over the past few weeks, foreign scientists have expressed concern over the speed of the development of such a vaccine. The WHO had called for “clear guidelines and guidelines” for the development of such products.
The vaccine will be available at the beginning of 2021
The vaccine developed by Russia was called “Sputnik V” (V for vaccine, editor’s note), in reference to the Soviet satellite, the first spacecraft put into orbit, said Kirill Dmitriev, the president of the sovereign wealth fund, involved in its development.
“More than a billion doses” have been pre-ordered by 20 foreign countries, said Kirill Dmitriev, adding that phase 3 of the trials began on Wednesday. The sovereign wealth fund specified that the start of industrial production was scheduled for September. The vaccine is due to be put into circulation on January 1, 2021, according to the National Drug Register of the Ministry of Health, consulted by Russian news agencies.
Russia had ensured in recent weeks the upcoming production of thousands of doses of vaccines against the new coronavirus and “several million” from the beginning of next year. The World Health Organization responded by advocating for compliance with existing protocols and regulations in the development of an anti-Covid-19 vaccine.