Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that Russia’s newly developed COVID-19 vaccine, called Sputnik-V, has passed all tests and is good to go for public use. Officials have declared that they will begin mass vaccinations as early as October of this year.
As the rest of the world scrambles to develop a viable COVID-19 vaccine, Russia has charged ahead of every other Western nation including the U.S. in the development of a vaccine for the coronavirus.
Russia’s rapid development of the vaccine has raised concerns, particularly from the WHO, who has urged Russia to follow international guidelines for vaccine development to ensure that it is safe for consumers.
As of today, Russia’s Sputnik-V vaccine is not on the WHO list of phase-three vaccines currently in clinical trials. Usually, phase-three testing involves testing the vaccine on larger numbers of human participants, a prime example being Moderna’s phase-three trial which has 30,000 participants.
Putin has thrown his weight behind the Sputnik-V vaccine, claiming it to be “quite effective” and ensuring it has passed “all needed checks.” In addition, Putin has said that the vaccine was tested on his daughter, who is reportedly feeling fine despite experiencing an increase in body temperature.