This morning, Vladimir Putin announced that the Russian vaccine against COVID-19 has been successfully registered after passing all efficacy and safety tests.
“A vaccine against the new coronavirus has been registered for the first time in the world,” said the Russian president in a virtual meeting with the Cabinet of Ministers.
The announcement comes ten days after Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko announced that the recombinant vaccine developed by the government at the National Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology Research NF Gamaleya, it had successfully completed its clinical testing phase and was ready to begin serial production in September.
Putin referred to the vaccine, dubbed Sputnik V in honor of the satellite that overtook Russia in the Cold War, as “effective”And capable of create a “stable immunity” against the coronavirus. She also explained that one of her sons had participated in the clinical trials and was fine, although she developed a fever.
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In the announcement, the president of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, Kirill Dmitriev, assured that they are already working on the commission of more than 1 billion doses for 20 countries and that the vaccine will be available on January 1, 2021.
Despite the magnitude of the announcement, in the West the development of the Russian vaccine is taken with caution, because Russia has not published the results of clinical trials in any specialized journal for peer review.
World Health Organization responded to the news by warning that “accelerating progress should not mean compromising safety” and emphasizing that each test should follow the prequalification and review procedures established by the agency.
One week before, Anthony Fauci (director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the United States) expressed his concern that the vaccines developed by China and Russia are actually tested in clinical trials before being approved and applied in the population.
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Sarah Gilbert, the scientist who tested the COVID-19 vaccine on her children