Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that, after less than two months of human research, his country became the first in the world to offer regulatory approval for a Covid-19 vaccine, adding that the vaccine was also offered to one of his daughters.
“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.
Putin added that the vaccine, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, has proven efficient during tests and promises to offer “sustainable immunity” against the coronavirus.
“I would like to repeat that it has passed all the necessary tests,” Putin said. “The most important thing is to ensure the full safety of using the vaccine and its efficiency.”
Putin’s Daughter Under Vaccination
Also, the Russian leader said one of his daughters was already inoculated and is feeling well
“One of my daughters got vaccinated, so in this sense, she took part in the testing,” Putin said.
After the first vaccine shot, his daughter experienced a slight fever, 38 degrees Celsius (100.4°F). Her temperature came down to just slightly above normal the next day.
“After the second shot, she had a slight fever again, and then everything was fine. She is feeling well and has a high antibody count,” Putin said.
He didn’t specify which of his two daughters, Maria or Katerina, received the vaccine.
Russian health authorities have said that medical workers, teachers, and other risk groups will be the first to receive shots of the vaccine.
Working Years Reduced to Weeks
Russia is the first country to register a Vaccine for COVID-19. As countries worldwide are in a race to produce the first vaccine, health experts warn that speed and national pride could compromise safety.
Scientists in Russia and abroad have questioned the decision by Moscow to register the vaccine before Phase 3 trials that normally last for months and involve thousands of people;
Russian officials have said the vaccine’s large-scale development will begin in September, and mass vaccination will begin as early as October.
Philippines President supports the new Vaccine
Meanwhile, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has lauded Russia’s efforts to develop the vaccine and said the Philippines is prepared to work with Moscow on vaccine testing, supply, and production. Duterte offered to be “the first they could have experiment on”
“I will tell President Putin that I have huge trust in your studies in combating COVID and I believe that the vaccine that you have produced is really good for humanity,” Duterte said, adding that he thinks Russia’s vaccine will be ready for the Philippines by December.