Russia produces first batch of covid vaccine ‘Sputnik V’

Vastavam web: Russia on Saturday said it has produced the first batch of its coronavirus vaccine, just days after President Vladimir Putin announced it had been first in the world to approve a vaccine. Russia has named the covid vaccine “Sputnik V” after the Soviet-era satellite that was the first launched into space in 1957. Russia’s move to approve a vaccine even before the final stage trials has drawn a sceptical response from many scientists.

The Russian covid vaccine has been developed by the Gamaleya research institute for epidemiology and microbiology in Moscow in coordination with the Russian defence ministry. Russia has said that mass production of the vaccine is expected from September. Health Minister Mikhail Murashko had earlier said that first batch of covid vaccine would first be made available to doctors and would later be available to all Russians on a voluntary basis.