Nearly a month since it registered its first COVID-19 vaccine on August 11, Russian Health Ministry has confirmed that the first batch of the vaccine ‘Sputnik V’ has been released into public. Russia had registered the vaccine on August 11.
Developed by Russia’s Gamalya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), the vaccine has passed requisite quality control tests in the laboratories of Roszdranvnadzor (medical device regulator), the Ministry said in a statement.
“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 statement said.
Moscow’s Mayor Sergey Sobyanin had expressed hope on Sunday that majority of the Russian capital’s residents would be vaccinated against the deadly coronavirus within a few months. Russia’s Health Ministry says delivery of the first batches of the Russian vaccine to the country’s regions is planned in the nearest future.