In a race of launching coronavirus vaccines, Russian President Vladimir Putin has launched the world’s first Covid-19 Vaccine ‘Sputnik V’.
“Sputnik V” is dubbed from its Soviet satellite. While launching the vaccine Putin stated –
This morning, for the first time in the world, a vaccine against the new coronavirus was registered,
Further, he said that it is
a very important step for the world.
While talking about the vaccine’s effectiveness, Putin said
I know that it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity, and I repeat, it has passed all the needed checks,
Putin informed that the COVID-19 vaccine was first tested on his daughter. He briefed a few details of the Vaccine as how it worked on his daughter. He said that on day 1 and the first dose, the temperature of 100.4° Fahrenheit (38° Celsius). And on Day 2 the temperature was dropped to 98.6° Fahrenheit. And after the 2nd dose, the temperature just got raised and then its all over. He said that
She’s feeling well and has high number of antibodies,
Though the Vaccine has not been registered yet, about have pre-ordered the Vaccine more than a billion doses which include India.
Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said
However, the vaccine’s registration is conditional and trials will continue while production gets underway,
The two-stage injection plan helps form a lasting immunity. The experience with vector vaccines and two-stage scheme shows that immunity lasts for up to two years,
Russian health authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO) officials are discussing the possibilities and effects of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Briefing in Geneva, WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said
Currently, WHO and Russian health authorities are discussing the process for possible WHO prequalification for its newly approved COVID-19 vaccine,
Further, he added
We are in close contact with Russian health authorities and discussions are ongoing with respect to possible WHO prequalification of the vaccine, but again prequalification of any vaccine includes the rigorous review and assessment of all required safety and efficacy data,
Russian Defence Ministry and Gamaleya Research Institute have jointly developed the first coronavirus vaccine. Director of the Gamaleya National Research Centre, Alexander Gintsburg stated that
The particles and objects that can reproduce their own kind are the ones that are considered alive. The particles in question cannot multiply,
However, various pharmaceutical companies and industry bodies have called Russia’s rushed registration dangerous.