Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute has registered the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine for use. He said his daughter is among those already inoculated.

Russia’s Health Ministry has given regulatory approval for the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing, President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.

“This morning, for the first time in the world, a vaccine against the new coronavirus was registered” in Russia, Putin said during a televised video conference call with government ministers.

Putin added that the vaccine, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, has proven efficient during tests and promises to offer “sustainable immunity” against the coronavirus.

“I would like to repeat that it has passed all the necessary tests,” Putin said. “The most important thing is to ensure full safety of using the vaccine and its efficiency.”

DW

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