There’s some major news coming out of Russia regarding the coronavirus. The following information comes from AP News.
Russia has become the first country to clear a coronavirus vaccine and declare it ready for use. President Vladimir Putin advised that the vaccine underwent the necessary testing and has a lasting immunity for up to two years. However, he has received pushback from scientists who’ve warned about releasing a vaccine before the end of Phase 3 trials, which usually last for months.
Putin advised the following:
“I know it has proven efficient and forms a stable immunity, and I would like to repeat that it has passed all the necessary tests. We must be grateful to those who made that first step very important for our country and the entire world.”
The President also confirmed that one of his daughters has received the vaccine. He stated that “she has taken part in the experiment” and “she’s feeling well and has high numbers of antibodies.”
The vaccine will be voluntary in Russia and medical workers, teachers, and other risk groups will be the first to be inoculated.
Head of the Gamaleya Institute, developer of the vaccine, Professor Alexander Gintsburg, stated that the vaccine will start during Phase 3 trials. There will only be enough doses for 10-15 regions in Russia’s 85. And large-scale production of the vaccine will start in September, while mass vaccination will begin in October.
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