Russia’s President Vladimir Putin claims that Russia has developed the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine that offers “sustainable immunity” against the coronavirus.
Moscow has named the vaccine “Sputnik V,” which is after the world’s first satellite that it launched in competion against the USA during the Cold War in 1957.
“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.
“One of my daughters had this vaccine. I think in this sense she took part in the experiment,” Putin said.
Russia has been gruelling working on the vaccine for the past months. Earlier, it had said that it hoped to launch mass production of the vaccine within weeks and turn out “several million” doses per month by next year.
Now the claims would be checked by health associations including WHO before officially announcing the effects of the vaccine against the virus.
The World Health Organization last week urged Russia to follow established guidelines and go “through all the stages” necessary to develop a safe vaccine.