President of Russia, Vladimir Putin has approved locally made Covid-19 vaccine, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute.
The vaccine gains regulatory approval after less than two months of testing, making Russia the first country to officially register a coronavirus vaccine and declare it ready for use.
Putin said he has confidence in the vaccine that he got his daughter inoculated.
“I would like to repeat that it has passed all the necessary tests,” he said.
“The most important thing is to ensure full safety of using the vaccine and its efficiency. My daughter has taken part in the experiment. She’s feeling well and has a high number of antibodies”
The vaccine had earlier faced scrutiny from experts who raised concerns about the speed of the process, suggesting that researchers might be cutting corners.
According to a BBC report, the World Health Organization (WHO) urged Russia last week to follow international guidelines for producing a vaccine against Covid-19.
Today, the vaccine has been approved despite not being among the WHO’s list of six vaccines that have reached phase three clinical trials.
The World Health Organization always maintained that all vaccine candidates should go through full stages of testing before being rolled out.
Whatever happens from here, the whole world is likely to support Russia, hoping to witness the success story of the vaccine and put away Covid-19 terror forever.