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Russia launches ‘world first COVID-19’ vaccine

Moscow (VOFNEWS.ORG)– Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the approval for use of first coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday, claiming it as a “world first,” amid continued concern and unanswered questions over its safety and effectiveness.

“A vaccine against coronavirus has been registered for the first time in the world this morning,” Putin said on state TV. “I know that it works quite effectively, it forms a stable immunity.”

“I hope our foreign colleagues’ work will move as well, and a lot of products will appear on an international market that could be used.”

This COVID-19 vaccine is developed by the  Moscow-based Gamaleya Institute, the vaccine has been named as Sputnik-V. The name is a reference to the surprise 1957 launch of the world’s first satellite by the Soviet Union.

The treatment is yet to go through crucial Phase 3 trials where it would be administered to thousands of people.

Putin added that one of his daughter had also taken this vaccine ; he said she had a slightly higher temperature after each dose, but that: “Now she feels well.”

Despite this, Russian officials have told CNN that at least 20 countries and some US companies have expressed interest in the vaccine.

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