Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday launched the country’s first coronavirus vaccine, touted as the first in the world too. Putin’s daughter received a shot of the vaccine. The country has registered the world’s first coronavirus vaccine early Tuesday, August 11, amid widespread concerns about the rapidly developed vaccine’s safety. Earlier, it was reported that the country would register its vaccine candidate on Wednesday, August 12.
Last week, the Health Ministry announced that it plans to begin mass production in September and launch a mass vaccination drive in October. The vaccine developed by the state-run Gamaleya research institute entered clinical studies on June 18 and moved into the phase 3 trials last week.