Like many other countries throughout the world, Russia also has significant problems because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The planet’s largest country reported over 823,000 infections and a death toll that exceeds 13,500 people. Surely these numbers cannot please anyone, which led to the local authorities willing to approve a vaccine for the novel coronavirus ASAP.
Russian officials are hoping to approve a vaccine created by the Gamelaya Institute from Moscow in less than two weeks. There are some concerns about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine, but it looks like time is a luxury the world can’t afford right now. The SARS-CoV-2 virus is infecting more people day by day in countries like South Africa, the US, Spain, and others.
Frontline healthcare workers shall get the vaccine first
There’s no wonder why frontline healthcare workers will get the vaccine first, according to Russian officials. Medical staff is the most exposed to the dangers of COVID-19, and the next step is for the vaccine to become available to the public.
Kirill Dmitriev, who is the head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, compared the upcoming approval of the coronavirus vaccine with the launch of the first satellite into orbit:
It’s a Sputnik moment,
Americans were surprised when they heard Sputnik’s beeping. It’s the same with this vaccine. Russia will have got there first,
Russian scientists come with an explanation for why the vaccine has been quick to develop. The vaccine is a modified version of another one that was already created to fight against other illnesses.
We’re eagerly waiting for new info to arrive about the Russian vaccine. There are big concerns that it’s only about a political maneuver, but let’s hope it won’t be the case. Many vaccine trials are underway across the world, so there are plenty of reasons to be positive.