Sputnik V: Russia registers COVID-19 vaccine, claims sustainable immunity
Russian President Vladamir Putin has launched a working coronavirus vaccine, dubbed as the world’s first working vaccine. Putin, in a televised video conference, claimed that the vaccine developed in the country is registered to use.
He also informed that one of his two daughters has been given the shot and is feeling well. Claiming that the vaccine is working and has passed all the necessary tests Putin claimed that the vaccine offers a sustainable and lasting immunity against the virus.
As the coronavirus pandemic has become as a scourge upon the planet, infecting over 20,281,388 people and claiming 739,770 lives, it is seemingly the first time in 5 months that people have breathed a sigh of relief through their masks. The news of Russia registering the vaccine has come as a literal breather.
Sputnik V, the vaccine named after the Soviet satellite, has come first in a race of several vaccines. According to Agence France-Presse (AFP) Moscow, Russia, Kirill Dmitriev, the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund which financed the vaccine project, informed that 2 Phases have been completed and that the Phase 3 trials would start on August 12th and industrial production was expected from September. He also informed that 20 countries had pre-ordered more than a billion doses.
Many Russian news agencies also reported that Putin has asked Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko to keep him posted on the development of the vaccine and also that Putin claimed that the vaccine works quite effectively and forms a stable immunity.
According to Sputnik News, the Russian Health Ministry said that the injection helps to form a lasting immunity and that the experience with vector vaccines and the two-stage scheme has shown that the immunity to last for up to two years.
“We are in close contact with Russian health authorities and discussions are ongoing concerning possible WHO prequalification of the vaccine, but again prequalification of any vaccine includes the rigorous review and assessment of all required safety and efficacy data,” WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told a U.N. briefing in Geneva, referring to clinical trials, according to Reuters news agency.
While most of the world population has deemed this a win, finalizing that this it, the endgame, there are people and experts from industries and pharmaceutical companies that think that Russia is rushing it by registering the vaccine without really going to the final phase, i.e., phase 3 of the trials. There is hope and there is a concern, where hope has made it seem like freedom is nigh and concern has deemed this move of registrations outright dangerous.
Sikkim Chronicle would advise our patrons to tread with both hope and concern, since it hasn’t been yet approved by the WHO, and hasn’t passed the Phase 3 trials. The virus is still out there and we would like to ask everyone to follow the guidelines that the WHO and governments have issued; to stay safe, not just for yourself but others as well.