Russia Releases Sputnik V Vaccine To The Citizens

In the latest update, the Russian Health Ministry reported that the first batch of the COVID-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, has been officially released to the citizens of the country.

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The Russian Health Ministry reported that the first batch of the country’s COVID-19 vaccine – Sputnik V – has been released into civil circulation. The Ministry further noted that the vaccine that has been jointly developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) had passed all required quality tests in the laboratories of Roszdravnadzor, a Russian medical device regulator.

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Furthermore, as reported by ANI, the health ministry has stated that the “the delivery of the first batches of the Russian vaccine [Sputnik V] to the country’s regions is planned in the nearest future.”

On 11th August 2020, Russia became the first country to register a COVID-19 vaccine. However, this announcement was met with a lot of backlash and scepticism in the void of proper clinical trials. Nevertheless, twenty countries, including India, UAE, Brazil and Saudi Arabia signed a contract for the controversial vaccine. 

On Monday, Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), confirmed that India and some other countries would commence the Sputnik V vaccine trials in this month. Dmitriev told ANI:

India has historically been a very important partner of Russia. India is one of the leading countries in production. Around 60 percent of all the vaccines in the world are produced in India. We are in close dialogue with the corresponding ministries and the India government and the leading manufacturer of the country regarding localisation of production of Sputnik V vaccine in India. And we have achieved certain agreements with the leading companies.

Reports claim that Russia will produce about six million doses of the inoculation per month. Its partnership with countries like India is of key importance because India is the largest vaccine manufacturer in the world. 

On Friday, the preliminary result of the vaccine was published in the journal the Lancet. The findings stated that in small human trials, the vaccine successfully produced an antibody response without any side-effects. 


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