Sputnik V: What we know about Russia's coronavirus vaccine

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 16, 2020

President Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday that Russian Federation had become the first country to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine, which showed "stable immunity" against the new coronavirus and had "passed all the necessary checks".

The computer-generated animation was published at the website created to explain and promote the Russian vaccine by the sponsor of its development, the Russian Direct Investment Fund.

"In the meantime, Vietnam will still continue developing the country's own COVID-19 vaccine", the announcement said, citing the Health Ministry.

On Tuesday, the country announced that its vaccine had been approved by its health regulators-making it the world's first coronavirus vaccine to be registered.

Meanwhile, the Philippines plans to start trialling the vaccine in October, with President Rodrigo Duterte expected to be inoculated as early as May next year, the presidential spokesman said on Thursday.

Their misgivings are shared by some Russians who say they are too scared to try the vaccine, while others agree with their government that scepticism expressed by foreign experts is driven by jealousy.

"They're not as far ahead as other vaccines", Neal said, noting that Moderna and Oxford's vaccines have already begun Phase 3 trials.

Its approval comes before trials that would normally involve thousands of participants, commonly known as Phase III.

However, as the vaccine had only undergone rapid Phase 1 and 2 clinical trials on a small number of individuals, medical experts around the world have voiced their concerns regarding its safety and efficacy.

Russian Federation has said that industrial production is expected from September and that it plans to manufacture 5 million doses per month by December or January.

Kate Bingham, chair of the United Kingdom government's Vaccines Taskforce, said: "We believe that Novavax has a highly innovative vaccine that could be the first in its class of protein-based vaccine options".

Respondents who said they would recommend the vaccine to patients, colleagues or friends.

Russian Federation has the fourth-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world, with more than 900,000 cases and 15,000 related deaths.

Currently Russia has 92,000 people hospitalised with the virus and 2,900 in intensive care, according to the health ministry.

The pandemic response centre said 729,411 people have recovered.

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