Russia has registered the first coronavirus vaccine in the world according to an announcement by the country’s President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. The vaccine, developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center, has been officially registered with the Russian Health Ministry.
Putin added that the vaccine trials yielded positive results, as all volunteers built up immunity to the coronavirus. The vaccine is derived from adenovirus and contains dead COVID-19 particles which cannot multiply and are therefore safe, said Alexander Gintzburg, head of the center.
However, it can generate an immune response like a high temperature to the introduction of foreign substances, he added. Since it appeared in Wuhan, China last December, the novel coronavirus has spread to at least 188 countries and territories.
Data compiled by US’ Johns Hopkins University shows that the US has been leading with the most confirmed infections at 5.09 million, followed by Brazil with over 3 million cases and India with 2.27 million.
Russian has had some 891,000 cases to date.