Russia has released the first batch of COVID-19 vaccine–Sputnik V, into civil circulation, says a report citing Russian Health Ministry, adding that regional deliveries are planned in the nearest future.
The Russian health ministry registered the vaccine on August 11. It was developed by Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF).
“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 ministry was quoted as saying by a ANI report.
The ministry further said that the delivery of the first batch of the COVID-19 vaccine to the country’s regions is planned in the nearest future, as per the report.
The vaccine is at the centre of the controversy as Russian scientists belatedly published first results from early trials.