Russia has developed and registered the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine, Vladimir Putin has just announced. And according to the Russian president, one of his daughters has already been inoculated and is “feeling well”.
“This morning, for the first time in the world, a vaccine against the new coronavirus was registered”, Putin said during a televised video conference call with government ministers.
Putin emphasised that the vaccine has undergone the necessary tests and has proven efficient, offering “sustainable immunity from the coronavirus”. The vaccine has even been registered for use, with the president following this up by saying one of his daughters has already been inoculated.
“One of my daughters had this vaccine. I think in this sense she took part in the experiment,” Putin said.
Meanwhile, Russian authorities have said that medical workers, teachers and other at-risk groups will be the first people to be given the vaccine.
“Once the Soviet satellite paved the way for humanity into space, now the Russian vaccine will pave the way to the future without COVID-19, masks and social isolation,” Putin’s official Facebook page had announced just yesterday.
BREAKING: President Vladimir Putin says Russia’s coronavirus vaccine has been registered; his daughter is among those inoculated. https://t.co/waRjBnjUBQ
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 11, 2020
Putin’s announcement comes in at around the seven-minute mark in this video.
Russia had already announced grand plans for its vaccine project earlier this month, saying it hoped to launch mass production within weeks and turn out “several million” doses per month by next year.
The World Health Organisation, on the other hand, just last week urged the nation to go “through all the stages” necessary to develop a safe vaccine, with scientists worldwide being skeptical of Russia’s haste. In fact, this particular vaccine has been registered before Phase 3 trials, which usually last for months and involve thousands of people.
Meanwhile, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has accepted Russia’s offer of its COVID-19, volunteering to take the first shot as a gesture of. trust and gratitude.
“When the vaccine arrives, I will have myself injected in public. Experiment on me first, that’s fine with me,” Duterte said in a briefing last night. “The Philippines is ready to assist Russia in clinical trials and local production.”