Russia develops ‘first’ COVID-19 vaccine, WHO urges caution Aug 12, 2020 0 8646 12345 President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday declared Russia the first country to approve a coronavirus vaccine, but scientists and the World Health Organization said it still needed a rigorous safety review.Putin said the vaccine was safe and that one of his own daughters had been inoculated, though clinical trials were not yet complete and final stage testing involving more than 2,000 people was to start only on Wednesday.Western scientists were sceptical, with some warning that moving too quickly on a vaccine could be dangerous, but Russia denounced criticism as an attempt to undermine Moscow’s research.Putin has pushed hard for Russia to be the first to announce a vaccine and officials dubbed it “Sputnik V” after the Soviet-era satellite that was the first launched into space.“This morning, for the first time in the world, a vaccine against the new coronavirus was registered with Russia’s health regulator,” Putin told a televised video conference call with government ministers.“I know that it is quite effective, that it gives sustainable immunity,” he said, adding that one of his two daughters had received the vaccine developed by the Gamaleya research institute in coordination with the Russian defence ministry.WHO’s spokesman in Geneva Tarik Jasarevic said it was in “close contact” with Russian health authorities but that it was too soon for any WHO stamp of approval. (AFP) RELATED ARTICLES Amir greets Belarus prez Aug 12, 2020 0 7445 Fans to gradually return to stadiums with caution: QSL Aug 12, 2020 0 756 Very important to follow virus measures: Minister Aug 12, 2020 0 8481 Coronavirus recoveries reach 110,324 Qatar on Tuesday reported 384 coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said in its daily report. Also, 331 people recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of .. Enrolment in public schools to start on Aug 23 Tribune News Network Doha Student transfer and enrolment in Qatar public schools will be open from August 23 to October 7, according to the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. In a statement on Tuesday, the .. MME releases 51,000 young seabream fish to sea MME releases 51,000 young seabream fish to sea Qatar opens first field hospital in Beirut QNA Beirut Implementing the directives of His Highness the Amir of State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the first Qatari field hospital was inaugurated at Al Roum Hospital in Beirut on Tuesday. Donated by Qatar, .. QA Holidays adds 5 hotels to staycation offers Qatar Airways Holidays has added five more hotels to its staycation offers in collaboration with Discover Qatar for getaways in and around Doha. With these new packages, residents in Qatar can now treat themselves to a ..