COVID-19 outbreak has taken numerous lives since December, people witnessed devastating damage to live throughout the world. Even countries like Germany, America, India, France and UK were not left out and saw a huge toll rise in death. At the start of this pandemic, major countries started researching the vaccine of this disease and fighting hard to get a breakthrough. Amid this Covid-19 vaccine race, it seems we have finally reached the finish line as Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the world’s first coronavirus vaccine. But! Is it actually what the Russians are claiming it to be?
The registration for the Covid-19 vaccine hits the ground for mass vaccination as the last phase of testing is still under clinical trials. Novel coronavirus has already infected more than 20 million people and the death toll rises to 7,50,000 across the globe and in the meantime, it has also crippled the world economies.
The announcement of the vaccine came up with hope for millions and trillions of people across the world and it seems that the vaccine will be provided to all the countries that are fighting against this deadly virus.
According to the reports, Russia has named the newly launched coronavirus vaccine as Sputnik V. Kirill Dmitriev, head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund who has sponsored the entire vaccine research and development project, said the phase 3 trials will start from August 12, 2020. He also stated that the industrial production will kick off from September and around 20 countries had already pre-ordered billions of vaccines.
“This morning, for the first time in the world, a vaccine against the new coronavirus was registered” in Russia, Putin said during a televised video conference call with government ministers, according to AFP.
Putin also thanked the entire team that worked on the development and research of the vaccine and he also wishes that the research team will soon go ahead with mass production of the vaccine to help the entire world.
“I know that it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity, and I repeat, it has passed all the needed checks,” said Putin.
He also added that his daughter went through the dose of the coronavirus vaccine and she is feeling well. According to him, on the first day of the vaccine injection, his daughter had a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius but later it dropped to normal on the following day. The second dose of the vaccine increased her temperature slightly.
“The two-stage injection plan helps form lasting immunity. The experience with vector vaccines and two-stage scheme shows that immunity lasts for up to two years”, the Health Ministry said, as reported by Sputnik News.
“We are in close contact with Russian health authorities and discussions are ongoing with respect to possible WHO prequalification of the vaccine, but again prequalification of any vaccine includes the rigorous review and assessment of all required safety and efficacy data,” WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told a U.N. briefing in Geneva, referring to clinical trials, according to Reuters.
Just to let you know the first coronavirus vaccine is developed by Gamaleya Research Institute and the Russian Defence Ministry. The first trail of the vaccine started on June 18 with 38 volunteers. The first group of volunteers was discharged by July 15 and the final group went back home on July 20 after getting cured. Let’s see when India will get the vaccine.