On Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia has developed the first vaccine offering “sustainable immunity” against the coronavirus. According to Putin, his daughter is among those inoculated.
“This morning, for the first time in the world, a vaccine against the new coronavirus was registered. One of my daughters had this vaccine. I think in this sense she took part in the experiment,”– President Putin said during a televised video conference call with government ministers
The vaccine, developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center in Moscow, has an official registration with the Russian Health Ministry after less than two months of human testing.
In addition, Putin also said that the vaccine has proven efficient during human testing and promises to offer “sustainable immunity” against the coronavirus.
In a report, the vaccine is “based on adenovirus and contains dead COVID-19 particles which cannot multiply and are therefore safe”, according to Alexander Gintzburg, head of the center. However, he also said it can provoke an immune response such as high temperature to the introduction of foreign substances.
To date, there are more than 200 COVID-19 vaccine candidates in development globally, including more than 20 in human clinical trials based on the data from the World Health Organization (WHO).