The very first batch of the contested Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine developed by Russia has been manufactured by the Gamaleya Scientific Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, the Russian Health Ministry’s press service said on Saturday.
Russia, earlier last week claimed to have become the first nation in the world to register a vaccine for the novel coronavirus which has so far infected more than 20 million.
Soon after the announcement, health experts around the world expressed disquiet over Russia’s apparent show of national prestige which was being seen as a compromise on the health safety of the general public.
“The first batch of the vaccine against the novel coronavirus developed by the Gamaleya Scientific Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology has been produced,” the press service said, Russia’s state-affiliated media Sputnik reported.
Russia’s vaccine named after the world’s first satellite sent by the Soviet Union has met with international criticism over skipping the usually months-long and extremely crucial Phase III clinical trial.
Russia has announced they’ll start inoculating the countries front-line and at-risk workers with the jab as early as October this year. President Vladimir Putin, while announcing the registration said one of his daughters has been inoculated and was doing fine.
Russia has maintained more than 20 countries, which remains unnamed, has shown interest in their vaccine. As per the Russian officials, the nation is capable of spawning 500 million doses of the vaccine, that is designed for two separate jabs.
The officials said the country might soon start deporting the vaccine to other nations and that mass clinical trials are set to begin the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Philipines soon.