There seems to be a sign of hope in this whole coronavirus saga.
Many have tried to come up with ways of curing the coronavirus. But the efforts have been futile.
More than 100 vaccines around the world are in early development, with some of those being tested on people in clinical trials.
Today, however, Russia has approved a coronavirus vaccine developed by the Moscow-based Gamaleya Institute for use.
Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed the news today on Russian state TV.
Reports about Russia’s vaccine have come amid concerns about its safety, effectiveness, and allegations that the country has cut essential corners in its development.
Putin said that the vaccine had gone through all the necessary checks.
Russia has released no scientific data on its vaccine testing. And thus unable to verify its claimed safety or effectiveness.
Mr. Putin said the coronavirus vaccine had passed all the required checks, adding that his daughter had already been given it.
Officials have said they plan to start mass vaccination in October.
But experts have raised concerns about the speed of Russia’s work, suggesting that researchers might be skipping some steps.
Amid fears that safety could have been compromised, the World Health Organization (WHO) urged Russia last week to follow international guidelines for producing a vaccine against Covid-19.
Russian officials said the vaccine had been named Sputnik-V, in honour of the world’s first satellite. Sputnik is the Russian word for satellite.
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