Russian President Vladimir Putin has said a locally developed vaccine for Covid-19 has been given regulatory approval after less than two months of testing on humans. Mr Putin said the vaccine had passed all the required checks, adding that his daughter had already been given it. Officials also reveal plan to start mass vaccination in October.
President Putin said the vaccine is the first approved in the world, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, offered sustainable immunity against the coronavirus. He said he knew the vaccine was quite effective and stressed that it had passed all needed checks. Mr Vladimir Putin also said the vaccine had been given to one of his daughters, who was feeling fine despite a brief temperature increase.
“After the first injection her temperature was 38 degrees, the next day 37.5, and that was it. After the second injection her temperature went up slightly, then back to normal.” He did not specify which of his two daughters had received the vaccine.
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