Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia has developed the first vaccine offering sustainable immunity against COVID19. The vaccine is dubbed as 'Sputnik V' - named after the Soviet satellite. Putin said that the vaccine has been registered for use and one of his daughters has already been inoculated.
Putin said that the vaccine has proven efficient during tests, offering a lasting immunity from the coronavirus. The vaccine is developed by Gamaleya Research Institute and the Russian Defence Ministry. It has completed all three phases of human clinical trials successfully. The Russian president emphasised that the vaccine underwent the necessary tests. Russian authorities have said that medical workers, teachers and other risk groups will be the first to be inoculated.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has accepted Russia's offer of its coronavirus vaccine, volunteering to take the first shot as a gesture of trust and gratitude. In a briefing on Monday night Duterte said,
When the vaccine arrives, I will have myself injected in public. Experiment on me first, that's fine with me.
However, health experts are worried that Russia is not following some of the guidelines and also putting the people at risk. World Health Organisation also stepped in and has urged the country to follow the established guidelines to produce a 'safe and effective vaccine'.
Russia currently has two COVID-19 vaccine candidates in the race - one, a vaccine being developed by the Vektor State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology. The second is a vaccine being produced by the Gamaleya Scientific Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology along with the Russian Defence Ministry.