COVID-19: Russia approves Vaccine, WHO remains Cautious

The President of Russia, Vladimir Puttin has approved the use of a vaccine against COVID-19 produced in his country.

The Russian President is said to have tested the vaccine on one of his two daughters, amid other tests carried out within the country.

About the Russian COVID-19 Vaccine

The vaccine was developed by the Ganaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, Russia.

The vaccine has been named Sputnik-V in honour of the world’s first satellite, likening the search for a vaccine to the space race between the Soviet Union and the US during the Cold War from 1947 to 1991.

Satellite is translated to Russian as “sputnik”.

After developing the vaccine, it was tested on about 76 people over a two month period.

Russia validates Vaccine

Russia’s Minister of Health, Mikhail Murashko says the vaccine has, “proven to be highly effective and safe”.

In this light, the Russian Ministry of Health has already issued a registration certificate.

This certificate allows the vaccine to be given to few citizens from vulnerable groups, medical staff and the elderly.

The certificate however states that the vaccine cannot be widely used until January 1, 2021.

Russia has the world’s fourth highest number of COVID-19 infections with 885,691 cases since the outbreak.

WHO cautions Russia on Vaccine Use

The World Health Organisation, WHO has cautioned Russia in its course to getting a reliable vaccine against COVID-19.

The WHO has amongst other things, warned that the quest to find a vaccine should not compromise on safety.

WHO working towards a Vaccine

WHO officials indicate that the organisation has 25 candidate vaccines in clinical evaluation and 139 in preclinical evaluation.

The organisation is also carrying out research, supporting the building of manufacturing capacities and buying supplies ahead of time so as to have enough doses of vaccines for all countries in 2021.

Eleanor Ayuketah Ngochi

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