Putin hails first Covid vaccine

Top News | Agence France-Presse 12 Aug 2020

President Vladimir Putin said yesterday 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.

The announcement came after scientists in the West raised concerns about the speed of development of Russian vaccines, suggesting that researchers might be cutting corners after coming under pressure from authorities to deliver.

"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.

"I know that it is quite effective, that it gives sustainable immunity."

He said one of his daughters had been inoculated with the Sputnik V vaccine, developed by the Gamaleya research institute in coordination with the Russian defense ministry. "In this sense she took part in the experiment," Putin said, adding that she had a slight temperature after a second injection and that was it.

The World Health Organization said any WHO stamp of approval on a Covid-19 vaccine candidate would require a rigorous safety review.

A total of 165 candidate vaccines are being worked on around the world.

Agence France-Presse

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