The first batch of Russia’s coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V has entered “civil circulation”, reports from state media claimed on Thursday. The first potential vaccine in the world is now available to public in the capital city of Moscow.
“Russia is ready to offer UN workers the necessary, qualified help, and in particular we propose to supply our vaccine for free to employees of the organisation and its subsidiaries who volunteer for vaccination,” said Putin during his speech at this year’s UN General Assembly meeting.
The announcement came as only results from small early studies on Sputnik V vaccine have been published, raising concerns among some scientists that the vaccine isn’t ready yet for widespread use. This prompted worldwide memes about bizarre side effects of the vaccine candidate.