Russia has announced the registration of its first COVID-19 vaccine in what can be described as a step ahead of other vaccine development efforts.
The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, who made the disclosure, called it effective protection against the deadly pathogen and revealed that one of his own daughters had already received it.
Putin in a televised government meeting said;
“As far as I know, this morning the first vaccine against the novel coronavirus infection in the world was registered,”
Some however see the announcement as a propaganda coup for the Russian government against the west amid a global race to develop vaccines against the coronavirus pandemic that has killed nearly 750,000 people, infected more than 20 million and crippled major global economies.
Pharmaceutical firms like AstraZeneca Plc and Moderna Inc. are still conducting final-stage trials of their vaccines in studies that are expected to soon yield results.
This vaccine which is being developed by Russia’s Gamaleya Institute in collaboration with the Russian Direct Investment Fund started phase 3 trials last week. The Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Tatyana Golikova, who was at the meeting, disclosed that medics could start receiving the vaccine by the end of August 2020.
In any case, with cases of the virus reported to be in a constant spiral in Africa, this announces being proven accurate will be good news for the continent, her businesses and economies.