Russia 1st Nation To Approve COVID-19 Vaccine, Putin's Own Daughter Has Used It
It's been a few weeks since Russia touted that it has successfully completed the first phase of human trials of its COVID-19 vaccine -- the first to do so, in the world.?
Moreover, just last week, we heard that authorities in Russia are pushing for the vaccine to be made available to its citizens.?
And now, a recent Reuters report has revealed that the Russian President has approved the use of the Russian COVID-19 vaccine, while also stating that this particular vaccine is also the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine.
Speaking at a government meeting on state television, Putin assured the citizens that the vaccine, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, was safe and that it had even been administered to one of his daughters.
“I know that it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity, and I repeat, it has passed all the needed checks,” said Putin.
Other reports online highlight that Putin actually had two of his daughters get vaccinated, emphasising on the efficacy and safety of the vaccine. Along with this, he has also thanked the team for their efforts in saving the lives of not just Russians but also around the world.?
Concerns regarding Russian vaccine
Russia has gone ahead and made the vaccine official while it's still undergoing its final human trials. Moreover, its initial studies are still quite concerning. For starters, the sample size for the studies had only a few individuals, whereas other vaccines have by the thousands.?
Secondly, Russia isn’t being very clear with the kind of tech it is applying for developing the vaccine. Russian officials state that they’re using human adenovirus vectors that have been made weaker so they don’t replicate in the body. But most vaccine contenders are using two of these vectors, not one (as revealed by researchers of the Russian vaccine) that are given one after another.
Moreover, it hasn’t yet openly revealed the research data on the vaccine to be peer-reviewed by other researchers around the world. Until then, there are lots of grey areas surrounding this vaccine.?