Russia : Russian health authorities approved a Covid-19 vaccine created by a former biological weapons research laboratory for public use, marking the second time for defense against the ongoing Corona Virus pandemic.
President Vladimir Putin said in Wednesday that a vaccine developed by the Vector State Virology and Biotechnology Center in Siberia has been registered.
Putin also said that we need to increase production of our first and now our second vaccine, first of all we should supply the domestic market and Russia will also work with foreign partners to make the vaccination.
According to the report Vector’s drug was registered before completing Phase 3 trials, two months after Putin announced approval of Sputnik V as the world’s first coronavirus vaccine.
Even so, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said it is safe and the first 60,000 doses will be produced soon. She told Putin she had already tried the vaccine and not suffered any side effects. The development comes as Putin seeks to play a leading role in battling the global pandemic that has hit Russia very hard. Sputnik V’s developer says more than 50 countries have expressed interest in the vaccine, with orders for 1.2 billion doses since it was registered by Russian regulators in August.