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Russia Is The First Country In The World To Register A Coronavirus Vaccine

Russia Is The First Country In The World To Register A Coronavirus Vaccine

Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with government members on Tuesday that the world's first coronavirus vaccine was registered in Russia.

He expressed hope that Russia will start mass production of the coronavirus vaccine in the near future. The President also stressed that vaccination should be "exclusively voluntary" so that everyone can take advantage of the achievements of Russian scientists.

"I know that we are working on similar vaccines in Russia in other institutions. I wish all the professionals success. We should be grateful to those who made this first very important step for our country and the whole world, " the President said.

Putin asked health Minister Mikhail Murashko to talk about this vaccine, but said: "Although I know that it works quite effectively and forms a stable immune system, I repeat: it has passed all the necessary checks."

The Minister said that tests of the vaccine showed high effectiveness and safety of the drug. "All the volunteers developed high titers of antibodies to COVID-19. At the same time, none of them had serious complications of immunization," Murashko said.

The vaccine will be produced by the Gamalei Center and Binnopharm. Murashko said that at the same time, with the assistance of the Ministry of industry and trade and the project office of Sberbank, " technical regulations are being worked out to scale production at the sites of several domestic manufacturers, such as in our country."

The Minister also said that on behalf of the head of state, the Russian direct investment Fund (RDIF) is investing in the production and promotion of the vaccine abroad. "Interest in it (the vaccine) several countries have already shown this," the Minister said.

"In parallel, the phased use of the vaccine in civil circulation will begin. First of all, we consider it necessary to offer vaccination to those whose work is related to communicating with infected people. These are medical workers and those on whom the health of children depends - these are our teachers," Murashko said.