WHO envoy to Russia says had Russian COVID-19 vaccine

WHO envoy to Russia says had Russian COVID-19 vaccine

World Health Organization (WHO) envoy to Russia Melita Vujnovic said she had the Russian coronavirus vaccine and is feeling well.

"Vaccines and any other medical interventions are an individual decision of each person. In accordance with the national policy of vaccination against COVID-19 in Russia, the country where I am now, I got vaccinated with one of the two vaccines approved at the national level. I am feeling well," TASS cited her as saying.

As for decisions of other people, it is left to the discretion of each person and is part of confidential private life," Vujnovic underlined.

On August 11, 2020, Russia became the first country in the world to register a coronavirus vaccine, the jab was named Sputnik V and was developed by the Gamaleya Center. Sputnik V is based on a human adenoviral vector-based platform. Russia’s second COVID-19 vaccine, EpiVacCorona produced by the Vektor Center, obtained registration later in October. EpiVacCorona is created in the basis of artificially synthesized elements of the coronavirus. On January 20, 2021, the Russian Health Ministry received documents from the Chumakov Center to register another vaccine, Covivac. Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said that the jab can officially get registered on February 16.