President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia is about to register its third vaccine against the coronavirus, according to Russian news agencies.
Putin also said,
“All Russian coronavirus vaccines were effective, the RIA news agency reported. He appeared to give no further details about the vaccine or its registration.
He say that Moscow is ready to cooperate with all other countries on vaccines but warned against the “politicization” of the process.
“I agree that such a vaccine should belong to all mankind,”
Putin said during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit, according to the international news agency. “We are ready to cooperate with all countries, including our SCO partners.”
The comments came a day after U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and German biotech BioNTech announced that preliminary results from late-stage clinical trials showed their coronavirus vaccine was 90% effective in preventing Covid-19 among those without evidence of prior infection.
The news from Pfizer appears to mark a breakthrough, but its vaccine isn’t the only one in development.
Russia was the first country to register and approve a coronavirus vaccine, named “Sputnik V,” in August.
The country has the fifth-highest number of coronavirus infections in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University data, with almost 1.8 million confirmed cases to date.