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Russia claims to have registered the first coronavirus vaccine



Russian President Vladimir Putin is chairing a meeting focusing on support for the aviation industry and air transport at his home in Novo-Ogaryovo outside Moscow on 13 May 2020.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the registration of what Russia claims to be the first coronavirus vaccine in the world, saying that one of his daughters had already taken it.

“As far as I know, a vaccine against a new coronavirus infection has been registered this morning, for the first time in the world,”

; he said at a meeting with government members, RIA Novosti reported.

“Even though I know it works quite effectively, it forms a stable immunity and, I repeat, has passed all the necessary controls,” Putin said.

Clinical trials of this Russian vaccine have been completed in less than two months and phase three studies will be launched shortly, despite the fact that the vaccine has already been registered.

Putin also said that one of his daughters had been vaccinated against coronavirus and commented: “In that sense, she took part in the experiment.”

International skepticism

In late July, the World Health Organization said there were 26 candidate vaccines in the clinical evaluation stage, including those registered in Russia developed by the Gamaleya Scientific Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology.

Russia has denied developing a vaccine as part of a “weapons race” and says it wants to cooperate with other countries. However, international skepticism has been that Russia has developed an effective and safe vaccine. White House Coronavirus Advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, for example, has questioned the methods of testing in Russia and China.

The registration of the vaccine had been signaled earlier this month. Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko told reporters in early August that clinical trials of the coronavirus vaccine were over.

“Clinical trials of a coronavirus vaccine developed by the Gamaleya Center are over, paperwork is underway to register the vaccine,” Murashko was quoted as saying by the Russian news agency Tass.


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