Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the registration of what Russia claims to be the first vaccine for the coronavirus in the world and said that one of his daughters had already taken it.
“As far as I know, a vaccine against the new coronavirus infection has been registered this morning, for the first time in the world,” he said at a meeting with members of the government.
“I know that it works quite effectively, it forms a stable immunity and, I repeat, has passed all the necessary checks,” Putin said.
Russia has become the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval for a COVID-19 vaccine, after only two months of human trial.
Clinical trials of this Russian vaccine have been completed in less than two months and phase three trials are set to begin on Wednesday, despite the vaccine having already been registered. Countries including the United Arab Emirates, the Philippines and Saudi Arabia are taking part in those trials.
No data has yet been published by the researchers and the long-term effects and safety of this possible vaccine currently remain unclear.
Putin also stated that one of his daughters had been vaccinated against the coronavirus, commenting, “In this sense, she took part in the experiment.”
Responding to the news, the World Health Organisation said that it is in “close contact” with Russian health authorities about the “possible pre-qualification process for a Covid-19 candidate vaccine which requires rigorous review,” citing a WHO spokesman.