Russia announces first COVID-19 vaccine ‘Sputnik V’, President Putin’s daughter gets vaccinated

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Stealing a march over all other nations in the COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing race, Russia registered world’s first vaccine to fight the dreaded coronavirus. The vaccine has been named Sputnik V.

Announcing the development while opening a meeting with state officials, President Putin said, “As far as I know, this morning for the first time in the world a vaccine against the novel coronavirus infection was registered.” Russian news agency TASS reports that President Putin also stated that one of his daughters had tested a Russian COVID-19 vaccine on herself and that she is feeling well.

Putin said that the first Russian COVID-19 vaccine forms stable cell and antibody immunity.

“I know this very well, because one of my daughters got vaccinated, so in this sense, she took part in testing,” Putin said. He noted that after the first vaccine shot, his daughter had a 38°C fever, and on the next day, a fever slightly higher than 37°C.

“And then, after the second shot, she had a slight fever again, and then everything was fine, she is feeling well and has a high [antibody] count,” the president informed, says TASS.

President Putin also pointed out that “some people do not have any symptoms at all” after getting a vaccine shot.

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The Russian vaccine was developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology. The registration of the vaccine paves the way for mass scale inoculation.

The global COVID-19 has surged past the 20 million mark and the death toll has crossed 750,000 worldwide.

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