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World first: Russia approves Covid vaccine

NOVO-OGARYOVO, August 11, 2020

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has announced that his country had become the first in the world to grant regulatory approval to a Covid-19 vaccine.
 
"As far as I know, this morning for the first time in the world a vaccine against the novel coronavirus infection was registered," the president said, according to a Tass report.
 
The registration happened after less than two months of human testing, a move hailed by Moscow as evidence of its scientific prowess, said a Reuters report.
 
Putin also stated that one of his daughters had tested a Russian Covid-19 vaccine on herself and that she is feeling well.
 
The Russian leader noted 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.
 
The Russian leader pointed out that "some people do not have any symptoms at all" after getting a vaccine shot.
 
Earlier, the Health Minister stated that clinical trials of the vaccine developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology of the Russian Healthcare Ministry were over.
 
The Russian president has two daughters - Maria, born in 1985, and Katerina, born in 1986.
 



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