Russia Approves COVID-19 Vaccine

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Russia Approves COVID-19 Vaccine

Russia Approves COVID-19 Vaccine

President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia had approved the first COVID-19 vaccine,which was registered by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute for use. Speaking at a government meeting on state television, Putin said the vaccine was safe and that it had even been administered to one of his daughters.

Putin said the vaccine was approve less than two months of human testing, a move hailed by Moscow as evidence of its scientific prowess. 

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He said he hoped the country would soon start mass producing the vaccine.Its approval by the health ministry foreshadows the start of a larger trial involving thousands of participants, commonly known as a Phase III trial.

“This morning, for the first time in the world, a vaccine against the new coronavirus was registered” in Russia, Putin said during the televised video conference call with government ministers.

Russia Approves COVID-19 Vaccine.

Scientists in Russia and abroad have questioned Moscow’s decision to register the vaccine before Phase 3 trials that normally last for months and involve thousands of people, but Putin emphasized that the vaccine underwent the necessary trials and that vaccination will be voluntary.

Russian officials have said that large-scale production of the vaccine will begin in September, and mass vaccination may start as early as October.

Russia Approves COVID-19 Vaccine

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