Coronavirus Russia: Putin says world's first vaccine has been approved for use


Summary generated on August 11, 2020

    Russia has announced the world's first vaccine for Covid-19 despite concerns it may not have fully tested its product.

    "Announcing regulatory approval for a vaccine produced by Moscow's Gamaleya Institute after shortened trials, Vladimir Putin claimed trials had showed it was safe, worked effectively and formed long-term immunity."

    "One of my daughters did the inoculation herself," he said at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning.

    "After the first injection, her temperature went up to 38, but by the next day it was just a little over 37.".

    According to deputy prime minister Tatyana Golikova, Russia plans to begin vaccinating medical staff in August, with mass vaccination beginning early next year.