Russia says Covid vaccine is ready but World is still in doubt
Russia approved a novel coronavirus vaccine for public use and the Premier Vladimir Putin has even said that one of his daughters has already been administered the dose. Though this is good news, the vaccine has still not completed the final phase of human trials.
The Russian vaccine, developed by Moscow-based Gamaleya Institute, has cleared regulatory approvals in record time, less than two months after it got into human trials, raising concerns over its safety and effectiveness. While the other vaccine candidates in human trials are not expected to be ready before early next year.
Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus positive cases in India has crossed 20 lacs. Maharashtra still has the highest number of tallies while Mumbai continues to report the highest numbers in cities. Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh too are severely affected.
Worldwide the condition is much worse with New Zealand reporting fresh cases of infection after 100 days of calm. The country had cleared all infections. This also raises the fear of a second wave of infections.
Globally, the figure has crossed 20 million numbers, highest infections being reported from the US: 5 million. Brazil and India come close to second and third spot.