A month after the United States, Britain and Canada accused Russia of using hackers to steal vaccine research from Western laboratories. President Vladimir Putin has today, August 11, 2020, announced that the Eastern European country has officially recorded its corona-virus vaccine as the first country to do so amid the global race to produce a vaccine.
“A vaccine against coronavirus has been registered for the first time in the world this morning. I know that it works quite effectively; it forms a stable
immunity.” The Russian leader said on national television.
Despite the world’s despairing need for a Covid-19 vaccine, many are concerned by the haste to produce a vaccine and skeptics are still unsure if the announcement by the Russian government is anything to go by.
Aware of the possible cynicism over the unprecedented discovery of a vaccine within this short time, President Putin was quick to assure the world that the vaccine has passed all the necessary tests. He says, “The most important thing is to ensure [the] full safety of using the vaccine and its efficiency.” Adding that one of his daughters has taken part in the experiment, and is now well.
The World Health Organization has earlier warned that all vaccines should
undergo all scientific testing stages before being issued to any population. The WHO has not yet commented on the announcement made by the Kremlin.
The Covid-19 virus has infected more than 20 million people, killing more than 730,000 around the world, WHO statistics contained. Russia has yet to release any “scientific data” regarding its alleged Covid-19 vaccine.
In similar conduct earlier this year in June, the Communist Central Government in China permitted the use of a Corona-virus vaccine, called Ad5-nCoV restrictive for the military only. Not much is known about the vaccine.
The Corona-virus vaccine developed by the Moscow-based Gamaleya Institute has been given the name “Sputnik-V,” and production on a large scale is expected to begin as early as in September this year, officials say.