The vaccine is given in two doses and will help people develop immunity to the virus for at least two years.
It was just yesterday that the world’s first vaccine registered by Russian authorities, and now the World Health Organisation has said it is in talks with Russia‘s health ministry for a thorough review of the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, called Sputnik V.
While there was no timeline given to how long this review process might take, in under 24 hours, the health minister Mikhail Murashko has announced that mass production of the vaccines has already begun.
According to a report by Sputnik News, the first batch of the Sputnik V vaccine will be produced in two weeks time, and delivered to Russian hospitals. Mass production has reportedly begun at the factory of Russian pharma company AFK Sistema’s Binnopharm. A total of 500 million doses are expected to be made in the first 12 months of the production process.
However the vaccine is supposedly given in two doses, and will help people develop immunity to the virus for at least two years.
For now, the vaccine being produced will be used to meet the demands in Russia. However, Murashko said he cannot rule out exporting the vaccine as yet.
While many countries are sceptical of the vaccines, still others have begun talks with Russia to either get the vaccine or conduct human trials in their countries.
Alexander Gintsburg, director of the Gamaleya Institute said, “Russia plans to be able to produce 5 million doses a month by December-January.”
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