As per the latest report, Mr Putin said the COVID-19 vaccine had passed all the required checks, adding that his daughter had already been given it.
Russia’s health ministry has given supervisory approval for what it claims is the world’s first Covid-19 vaccine, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, after less than two months of human testing. While addressing a government meeting today, Putin was quoted as saying by AP, “I would like to repeat that it has passed all the necessary tests.” He added: “The most important thing is to ensure full safety of using the vaccine and its efficiency.”
The speed at which Russia is moving to roll out its vaccine highlights its willpower to win the global race for an effective product but has agitated concerns that it may be putting national prestige before science and safety. The country had earlier bragged that it will soon become the first country to approve a Covid-19 vaccine.
Amid Russia’s rush to become the first to create a vaccine, the U.S., Britain and Canada last month accused Russia of using hackers to steal vaccine research from Western labs. Well, we just hope that the news for the new vaccine approved in Russia turns out true.