Russia has authoritatively enlisted a COVID-19 vaccine created by the Moscow-based Gamaleya Institute, President Vladimir Putin said on Russian state TV on Tuesday.
Talking in a live video chat with his bureau priests, Putin said the immunization had experienced all the important checks.
“A vaccine against coronavirus has been registered for the first time in the world this morning,” Putin said, adding: “I know that it works quite effectively, it forms a stable immunity.”
“So we’re the first to have registered. I hope our foreign colleagues’ work will move as well, and a lot of products will appear on an international market that could be used,” Putin said.
The Russian President revealed that one of his daughters has taken the vaccine; he said she had a slightly higher temperature following the injections, but that she now feels better.
“I know this very well too, as one of my daughters has been inoculated with the vaccine,” he said.
“I think that this way she participated in the experiment. After the first injection her temperature was 38 [degrees Celsius], the next day 37-something and that’s it. After the second injection the temperature also got a bit higher but that’s it, then it went back down. Now she feels well.”
Reports about Russia’s antibody have come in the midst of worries about its wellbeing, viability and charges that the nation has compromised in its turn of events. Reports about Russia’s vaccine have come amid concerns about its safety, effectiveness and allegations that the country has cut essential corners in its development.
Russian officials said previously that crucial Phase III trials would take place after state registration of the vaccine.
Russia has released no scientific data on its vaccine testing and sources are unable to verify its claimed safety or effectiveness.
Critics say the country’s push for a vaccine comes amid political pressure from the Kremlin, which is keen to portray Russia as a global scientific force.