Russia has recently been in the spotlight after registering the first ever vaccine for the COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus! This deadly pandemic, which is said to have originated from the Wuhan province of China, has been ravaging the world for the past few months and the death toll has been heavy due to this Virus! Ever since the Virus started spreading, many teams of researchers and scientists have been racing to identify a cure or vaccine for it! Just as a few vaccines are moving into various stages of clinical trials, a couple of days back - Russia announced that it had registered the first ever COVID-19 vaccine, named Sputnik V. This vaccine, named after the famous Soviet satellite, was identified jointly by the Gamaleya Institute and the Russian Defense Ministry and though there are a lot of speculations over this vaccine, the President Vladimir Putin backed it by saying the one of his 2 daughters has also been incoulated with it!

However, now Russia is in the headlines again, after the country's Deputy Prime Minister Yury Trutnev tested positive for the Corona Virus! He was set to travel to the Far East, as part of the Russian Prime Minister Mikhai Mishustin's trip to that region. The Deputy PM's assistant revealed this news to the media and stated that Yury Trutnev had been tested for COVID ahead of the trip and that his tests returned positive, leading to the postponement of the entire trip! In the past 24 hours (as of Thursday morning), Russia had registered 5012 new COVID-19 cases, taking the country's total to 902,701! The death toll in the country stands at 15,231! However, with the successful registration of the Sputnik V vaccine, let's hope that the COVID-19 gets eradicated soon!

On announcing the registering of Sputnik V, President Putin announced that doctors, teachers, healthcare professionals and others on the frontline would be administered the vaccine first! The production of the vaccine is all set to begin shortly but the Russian Health Minister revealed that the approval given to this vaccine is conditional and that Stage 3 trials would also begin simultaneously! The company Binnopharm would be manufacturing this Sputnik V vaccine and we hear that 20 countries including India have already placed orders for this vaccine! Stay tuned for updates...