Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow's Gamaleya Institute has registered the world's first Covid-19 vaccine for use. He said his daughter is among those already inoculated.
Russia's Health Ministry has given regulatory approval for the world's first Covid-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing, President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday (August 11).
"This morning, for the first time in the world, a vaccine against the new coronavirus was registered" in Russia, Putin said during a televised video conference call with government ministers.
Putin added that the vaccine, developed by Moscow's Gamaleya Institute, has proven efficient during tests and promises to offer "sustainable immunity" against the coronavirus.
"I would like to repeat that it has passed all the necessary tests,'' Putin said. "The most important thing is to ensure full safety of using the vaccine and its efficiency.''
The Russian leader also said that one of his daughters has already been inoculated and is feeling well. "One of my daughters got vaccinated, so in this sense, she took part in the testing," Putin said.
After the first vaccine shot, his daughter experienced a slight fever, 38 degrees Celsius (100.4°F). Her temperature came down to just slightly above normal the next day.
"After the second shot, she had a slight fever again, and then everything was fine. She is feeling well and has a high antibody count," Putin said. Russian health authorities have said that medical workers, teachers and other risk groups will be the first to receive shots of the vaccine.