Russia has officially become the first country in the world to register a COVID-19 vaccine and declare it ready for use. The vaccine is named ‘SPUTNIK’, it will not be available for public use until 1 January 2021, the website of the State Register of Pharmaceuticals reported.

To test it's efficacy, Russian President, Vladimir Putin said that one of his daughters has already been inoculated. He emphasized that the vaccine underwent the necessary tests and has proven efficient, offering a lasting immunity from the coronavirus.

It was developed by the Gamaleya Research Center as a solution for the virus infections. Binnopharm JSC and the Gamaleya research centre are listed as the manufacturers. The vaccine will exist in two forms, as a liquid and a freeze-dried one.

In the Philippine, President Duterte in a late night address said he sees a COVID-free December as Russia has offered to give free vaccines to the Philippines.

Scientists at home and abroad have been warning that the rush to start using the vaccine before Phase 3 trials — which normally last for months and involve thousands of people — could backfire.

Speaking at a government meeting Tuesday, Putin said:
“I would like to repeat that it has passed all the necessary tests. The most important thing is to ensure full safety of using the vaccine and its efficiency.”

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