Russia to Register First COVID Vaccine

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 13:42

Russia has become the first country in the world to register a vaccine against COVID-19, President Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday during a government meeting.

According to the Sputnik report, Russia's first vaccine against the coronavirus was developed jointly by the Gamaleya Research Institute and the Russian Defence Ministry. Clinical trials of the vaccine were launched on 18 June and all 38 volunteers developed immunity.

The president also asked Health Minister Mikhail Murashko to keep him informed about the vaccine, while at the same time noting that he knows "it works quite effectively" and "forms a stable immunity".

Putin further thanked everyone who worked on the first-ever vaccine against the coronavirus, and described it as "a very important step for the world".

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