Russia’s health ministry has given regulatory approval for the world’s first Covid-19 vaccine, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, after less than two months of human testing, President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.
The move paves the way for mass inoculation even as the final stages of clinical trials to test safety and efficacy continue. “We already received tentative interest and preliminary requests for 1 billion doses of the Russian vaccine … from more than 20 countries,” Kirill Dmitriev, chief executive of the Russian Direct Investment Fund said.
Meanwhile, the UAE detected 262 new cases on Tuesday from 64,000 tests. Health officials announced 195 recoveries said one person had died, raising the UAE toll to 358.
More than 20 million coronavirus cases have been registered around the world, over half of them in the Americas.