On August 3, Russia affirmed that it could provide “thousands of doses of vaccine” against Covid-19 as early as 2020 and “several million” at the start of 2021. For its part, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned about the rapid development of this vaccine. “Any vaccine and any drug for this purpose must of course be subjected to all the different trials and tests before being approved for deployment “, recalled Christian Lindmeier, the institution’s spokesperson.
This Tuesday, August 11, Vladimir Putin announced “the development” of the first vaccine against the coronavirus during a video conference with the government. “This morning, for the first time in the world, a vaccine against the new coronavirus was recorded. I know it is quite effective, that it gives lasting immunity “, detailed the Russian president during his speech broadcast on television.
Russian vaccine would be available from January 1, 2021
The Russian vaccine was named “Sputnik V”. According to Vladimir Putin, one of his daughters has already been vaccinated against Covid-19: “I think that somewhere she participated in the experiments “, unveiled the Russian president.
In addition to the WHO, foreign scientists have also called for caution with the rapid development of such a vaccine. “Sometimes individual researchers claim to have found something, which is of course great news as such. But between finding or having the possibility of having a vaccine that works and having gone through all the stages, there is a big difference “, warned Christian Lindmeier in early August.
Production of the Russian vaccine should therefore begin in September. According to the Russian Ministry of Health’s National Drug Registry, it is expected to be available on the market from January 1, 2021.