The Russian Ministry of Health has announced this Saturday that it has sent the first batch of the vaccine it has developed against Covid-19, baptized as Sputnik V, to the different regions of the country.
“The first batch of the Sputnik V vaccine was sent to the regions”, has indicated the Russian Ministry of Health in a statement, collected by the Sputnik news agency.
According to the text, delivery is “pilot” and will serve to test the logistics chains of the vaccine supply to the Russian regions, its distribution and the organization of vaccination against Covid-19 for citizens of the high-risk group.
Russian authorities officially registered on August 11 its first vaccine against Covid-19, developed by the Gamaleya Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology. The Sputnik V vaccine generates immunity for a period that can reach two years.
In early September, the vaccine began to be administered to the first volunteers, about 40,000, in the framework of the third phase of clinical trials after their registration.
In the current phase, it is applied in tests with a special authorization by which it can only be administered to people in risk groups and under strict control.
According to Russia, the country has received requests from more than 20 countries to purchase 1 billion doses of the vaccine. Russia has reached agreements to produce it in five countries, where the available capacities allow it to obtain up to 500 million doses a year.