Named ‘Sputnik V’, the Russian Health Ministry confirmed it had gone into production on Saturday.
The vaccine was developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center in the Russian capital Moscow afters successful trials on volunteers.
The Russian government confirm that over 1 billion doses have been ordered by countries across the world and the vaccines will be delivered to them.
Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said, earlier this week, during a meeting with President Vladimir Putin that medical workers and teachers would be the first to get the vaccine.
The vaccine production has been vilified by authorities in the west, who say the vaccine has been ‘rushed’ and could be dangerous to those taking it.
However, the Russian Health Ministry added that the data from the trials will soon be published and this will hopefully prove that the vaccines are fine to take.
The Russian government also emphasized that the vaccine will initially only be available to vulnerable workers in important frontline roles and even then it is voluntary and no one will be forced to take it.
Sputnik V won’t go into general circulation until January 2021, allowing another four to five months in which to further observe its effectiveness.
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