Sputnik V COVID 19 vaccine was released for civil use and regional deliveries are expected in the nearest future, according to the Russian Ministry of Health. It was developed by the Russia Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microscience, and the Russian Direct Fund of Investment (RDIF).
“The first batch of the ‘Gam-COVID-Vac’ [Sputnik V] vaccine for the prevention of the new coronavirus infection, developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology of the Ministry of Health of Russia, has passed the necessary quality tests in the laboratories of Roszdravnadzor [medical device regulator] and has been released into civil circulation,” the ministry said in a statement.
The Russian health ministry registered the first vaccine against Covid-19, named Sputnik V, on August 11.
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Mayor Sergey Sobianin of Moscow on Sunday expressed hope that the majority of the residents of the Russian capital will receive coronavirus vaccination within a span of several months.
The Ministry of Health reports that it is scheduled in the immediate future to distribute the first batch of Russian vaccine to regions.