The Russian Ministry of Health has put the first batch of the vaccine in circulation against COVID-19 developed in the country, baptized as Sputnik V, after having completed the required quality tests.
“The first batch of the Sputnik V vaccine passed the necessary quality tests from the laboratories of the Federal Surveillance Service in the Health Sector and was released into public circulation, “the Russian Health Ministry said in a statement, picked up by the Sputnik news agency.
This same Monday, the Russian Minister of Health, Mikhail Murashko, announced that the Russian vaccine against the coronavirus will begin to be administered this week to the first volunteers in the framework of the third phase of clinical trials after registration.
Russia’s National Consumer Protection Office (Rospotrebnadzor) reported that clinical trials of the Russian vaccine carried out by the Vector Virology and Biotechnology Center they will be completed on September 30th.
Russian authorities officially registered on August 11 its first vaccine against COVID-19, developed by the Gamaleya Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology. Sputnik V vaccine generates immunity for a period of up to two years.
In the current phase, the vaccine is applied in tests with a special authorization by which it can only be administered to people of the risk groups and under strict control.