Russia has begun production of the first batch of vaccines against COVID-19, its health ministry said in a statement released recently.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday announced the world’s first registered vaccine against the novel coronavirus, Sputnik V, which is named after the space satellite launched by Moscow in 1957.
The vaccine was created by the Gamaleya Scientific Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, a medical institute located near Moscow, Xinhua news agency reported. So far, Russia has tallied a total of 917,884 cases, with 15,617 deaths and 729,411 recoveries, said the new agency.
Vaccine seems to be only potent remedy to combat Covid-19 as it continues wreaking havoc, infecting millions of people worldwide. Many vaccine candidates including UK’s Oxford-AstraZeneca and United States’s Moderna-NIAID are in the final leg of completion of clinical trials. In India, Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech and Ahmedabad-based Zydus Cadila are among front runners.