Moscow: Russia has named its first vaccine against the novel coronavirus ‘Sputnik V’ after the Soviet satellite, according to the head of the country’s sovereign wealth fund. President Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday during a government meeting that Russia had become the first in the world to develop a vaccine against COVID-19.
The president also confirmed that one of his daughters has already been inoculated. Putin also said that his daughter had developed a slight fever after receiving the vaccine but then recovered and now her antibody titers are high.
“In this sense, she took part in the experiment. After the first vaccination, she had a body temperature of 38 degrees Celsius, while the following day it was slightly over 37 degrees Celsius, that’s it. After the second injection, the second vaccination, her temperature also rose a little, and then everything cleared up, she feels good and the [antibody] titers are high”, Putin was quoted as saying by news agency Sputnik.
Kirill Dmitriev, the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, which finances the vaccine project, said the phase 3 trials of the vaccine would commence on Wednesday. Dmitriev also informed that industrial production was expected from September and that 20 countries had pre-ordered more than a billion doses.
According to Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko, the vaccine will be produced at two sites – the Gamaleya Research Institute and the company Binnopharm.