US President Donald Trump expressed his hope that the Russian “Sputnik-V” vaccine against the Corona virus, the first in the world, would prove its effectiveness in treating Covid-19 disease.
Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday: “We don’t know much about the Russian vaccine, but we hope it will be effective … We really hope so.”
Trump’s statement came in the context of his answer to a question about the extent of his knowledge of the Russian vaccine and whether there are contacts between Washington and Moscow regarding it.
He added, “They have passed some stages of testing, and we think it is important to adhere to all the rules of the process. We have a lot of vaccines that we think will be effective, but we would like to pass all the necessary tests.”
Trump indicated that the United States has made tangible progress in developing a vaccine for Corona, adding that his country will announce “something in the not-so-distant future,” and he continued: “We will also talk about drugs that I think are also very, very important.”
Russia is the first among the countries in the world that announced on August 11 that it had registered a vaccine against the Corona virus, and it was called Sputnik V.
The vaccine, which was developed at the Gamalia Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology, passed the clinical trials that volunteers underwent in June and July.
The Russian Ministry of Health indicated that the experience of using similar vaccines has shown that they are able to form long-term immunity up to two years.
The head of the Direct Investment Fund, Kirill Dmitriev, said that Russia had received requests from 20 countries to supply it with up to one billion doses of the new vaccine in total.