Russian President Vladimir Putin will chair a meeting on May 13, 2020 to focus on assisting the aviation industry and aviation at his land residence in Novo-Ogaryovo, outside Moscow.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday claimed Russia developed the first coronavirus vaccine and his daughter ingested it, local news outlets reported.
Putin announced that Registration of what Russia calls the first vaccine against Covid-19.
"As far as I know, a vaccine against a new coronavirus infection was registered for the first time worldwide this morning," RIA Novosti said at a meeting with government officials.
"Although I know that it works very effectively, it forms a stable immunity and, as I repeat, has passed all the required tests," Putin said.
He also reportedly stated that one of his daughters had been vaccinated against the coronavirus, stating, "With that in mind, she took part in the experiment."
In late July, the World Health Organization announced that there were 26 vaccine candidates in clinical evaluation, including the one registered in Russia, developed by the Gamaleya Scientific Research Institute for Epidemiology and Microbiology.
Russia has denied that it is part of an "arms race" to develop a vaccine and has said it wants to work with other nations. However, there is international skepticism that Russia has developed an effective and safe vaccine.
Registration of the vaccine was signaled earlier this month. Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko told reporters in early August that clinical trials with the coronavirus vaccine had ended.
"Clinical studies with a coronavirus vaccine developed by the Gamaleya Center have been completed. The registration of the vaccine is in progress," Murashko told the Russian news agency Tass.