President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Russia had become the first country to approve a vaccine offering “Sustainable Immunity” against the Coronavirus and that one of his daughters has been inoculated.
Russia’s health ministry has given regulatory 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,President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday,reported Reuters.While addressing a government meeting today,Putin was quoted as saying, “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 Russian leader added that one of his two adult daughters has received two shots of the vaccine. “She has taken part in the experiment,” Putin said.
Putin said that his daughter had a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) on the day of the first vaccine injection,and then it dropped to just over 37 degrees (98.6 Fahrenheit) on the following day.After the second shot she again had a slight increase in temperature,but then it was all over.
Russian authorities have said that medical workers,teachers and other risk groups will be the first to be inoculated.Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said that the vaccination of doctors could start as early as this month.
Russia become the first country in the world to develop a vaccine was a matter of national prestige for the Kremlin as it tries to assert the image of Russia as a global power.