International desk: Russia is the first country to announced that it developed vaccine to treat novel coronavirus that has infected more than 20 million people with more than 740,000 deaths across the globe in the last eight months .
President Vladimir Putin has made the announcement on Tuesday saying the vaccine has been given regulatory approval after less than two months of testing on humans.
He said the vaccine, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, offered “sustainable immunity” against the coronavirus.
The vaccine had passed all the required checks, the president said adding that his daughter had already been given it. The mass use of the vaccine will begin in October, according to officials.
But the BBC reported that the experts had raised concerns about the speed of Russia’s work to develop the vaccine. They feared that safety could have been compromised in developing the vaccine in so short time.
The World Health Organization (urged Russia last week to follow international guidelines for producing a vaccine against Covid-19.
The organization said on Tuesday that it had been in talks with Russian authorities about undertaking a review of the vaccine.
Currently, the Russian vaccine is not among the WHO’s list of six vaccines that have reached phase three clinical trials, which involve more widespread testing in humans, according to the broadcaster.
More than 100 vaccines around the world are in early development, with some of those being tested on people in clinical trials.