Russia has shipped the first batches of the world’s first registered coronavirus vaccine to all parts of its vast territory as the government tests the delivery system of the much-needed medicine.
The vaccine is expected to be delivered on Monday, said Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko. “The first small series have already been sent” Murashko stated that the government is testing the supply chain to ensure a robust delivery system in the country’s 85 regions. In addition to testing the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine itself, the government believes it is of paramount importance to ensure it is efficiently distributed to citizens, especially those at high risk.
Russia’s homegrown Covid-19 vaccine is currently in the third and final phase of clinical trials, which will include 40,000 Muscovites. While three quarters receive the push, another quarter receives a placebo. On Wednesday, Moscow’s Deputy Mayoress Anastasia Rakova announced that the tests had started and over 35,000 residents had applied.
“Clinical studies have started in Moscow” Murashko added that the ministry also created “The world’s first mobile application” that allows participants to “Report on their condition” during the long trial period.
On August 11, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the country had registered the world’s first Covid-19 vaccine called Sputnik V. It is made by the Moscow Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology. The vaccine development process has been criticized by some western countries for its allegedly unsafe rapid development and inadequate testing. However, earlier this month the prestigious British medical journal The Lancet published the Russian Ministry of Health’s Sputnik V study, which showed the vaccine was 100 percent effective and produced antibodies in all 76 participants in early-stage studies.
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