A massive new for the people waiting for Vaccine against COVID19, the Russian Health Ministry has said that the first batch of the Sputnik V vaccine against the novel coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2 has been released into public circulation, with regional deliveries planned shortly. On August 11, Moscow registered the world’s first vaccine against COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, amid widespread criticism from global experts citing safety concerns.
“The first batch of the ‘Gam-COVID-Vac’ [Sputnik V] vaccine for the prevention of the new coronavirus infection, developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology of the Ministry of Health of Russia, has passed the necessary quality tests in the laboratories of Roszdravnadzor [medical device regulator] and has been released into civil circulation,” the ministry said in a statement.
Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin expressed hope on Sunday that the majority of the Russian capital’s residents will be vaccinated against the coronavirus within several months.
Also, preliminary results published in The Lancet journal said Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, appears to be safe without any serious adverse effects and has developed long-term antibody response in humans during clinical trials.
Meanwhile, Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) on Monday confirmed that the clinical trials of Sputnik V vaccine for coronavirus would be held this month in several countries including India. The other countries where are trails will be rolled out are Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Philippine, and Brazil.
Written By – Shilpa Dey