Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday that his country managed to be the first in the world to register a vaccine against the new coronavirus.
“This morning a vaccine against the new coronavirus was registered for the first time in the world,” said the head of the Kremlin in a meeting with the Cabinet of Ministers.
According to the president, the Russian vaccine is “effective”, has passed all necessary tests and allows to obtain a “stable immunity” against COVID-19.
The head of the Kremlin added that one of his daughters has already been vaccinated with the Russian preparation and now he feels “well”.
“I hope that soon we can start mass production of this medicine,” said the Russian president during the meeting.
At the same time, he added that vaccination will be voluntary, so that “whoever wishes to do so”.
Putin was confident that foreign countries could also soon develop their COVID-19 vaccines.
“I hope that our colleagues abroad also continue their work and in the market for medicines and vaccines there are more medicines that can be used,” he said.
Russia is currently the fourth country in the world in number of new coronavirus infections, with 897,599 confirmed cases, 4,945 more than yesterday, according to the latest official data.