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Russia Launches World’s First COVID-19 Vaccine, Ready To Supply Philippines

Amid the rising novel coronavirus cases and deaths across the world, Russia registers its first COVID-19 or coronavirus vaccine.

Russia’s health ministry has given regulatory approval for what it claims is the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, after less than two months of human testing, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.

President Putin said that Russia had become the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing, a move hailed by Moscow as evidence of its scientific prowess.

Russian health officials are planning a nationwide mass vaccination program sometime in October giving priority to medical workers and the elderly. 

Russia is one of coronavirus vaccine candidates, developed by Gamaleya Research Institute and the Russian Defence Ministry has completed all three phases of human clinical trials successfully, Deputy Health Minister Oleg Gridnev said.

The development paves the way for the mass inoculation of the Russian population, even as the final stage of clinical trials to test safety and efficacy continues.
The speed at which Russia is moving to roll out its vaccine highlights its determination to win the global race for an effective product but has stirred concerns that it may be putting national prestige before science and safety. 

Speaking at a government meeting on state television, President Putin said 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 President Putin.


Meanwhile, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has accepted Russia’s offer of its coronavirus vaccine, volunteering to take the first shot as a gesture of trust and gratitude. 

“When the vaccine arrives, I will have myself injected in public. Experiment on me first, that’s fine with me,” President Duterte said in a briefing on Monday night. 

Russia is one of the few countries that expressed readiness to supply the Philippines with the COVID-19 vaccine once mass production in Moscow starts. 

On Friday, Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev assured the Philippines that Moscow is ready to supply Manila and even invest in the local production of the vaccine. 

Khovaev said after the completion of all the bureaucratic procedures by mid-August, Russia will be ready to prepare for launching what he described as an “effective and safe” COVID-19 vaccine. 

Aside from Russia, China also assured that it will prioritize the Philippines should the COVID-19 vaccine be made available for commercial use and distribution.

Source: IndiaTV | MB | GMA
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