Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday that his country has become the first to approve a coronavirus vaccine, and that his own daughter has received the shot.
The vaccine is in production and millions of people, including teachers and front line health-care workers, will be given the shot beginning this month, he claimed.
China has already authorized one vaccine for use in its military, ahead of definitive data that it is safe and effective.
Russian vaccine was reportedly given to the scientists who developed it as well as 50 members of the Russian military and a handful of other volunteers. Putin made the announcement during a televised video conference call with government ministers, saying:
“This morning, for the first time in the world, a vaccine against the new coronavirus was registered,” adding that his daughter was among those to be inoculated.