'Russia preparing mass coronavirus vaccinations for October'

Henrietta Brewer
August 3, 2020

Health Minister Mikhail Murashko announced that the Gamaleya Institute, a state research facility in Moscow, had completed clinical trials of an adenovirus-based vaccine. Murashko said that paperwork was already underway to register the vaccine, according to Russia's Interfax news agency.

Fauci predicts the US will have a "safe and effective" vaccine by the end of this year.

Teachers and health care workers will be the first to get the coronavirus vaccine now being developed by Moscow's Gamaleya Institute, which is reportedly set to begin Phase III trials-the stage at which it is determined whether a vaccine is actually effective-this month.

In good news amid the surging novel coronavirus infection, Russian Federation is preparing for a mass vaccination campaign against the novel coronavirus infection in October.

Numerous most optimistic researchers around the world have suggested the development of a vaccine against the SARS-CoV-2 virus at the heart of the six-month pandemic that has infected at least 17.8 million people around the world will take until the end of the year at least - still a remarkable pace compared to the years or decades that most vaccines take.

"Claims of having a vaccine ready to distribute before you do testing, I think, is problematic, at best".

Russian Federation said Monday it aims to launch mass production of a coronavirus vaccine next month and turn out "several million" doses per month by next year.

"I do not believe that there will be vaccines so far ahead of us that we will have to depend on other countries to get us vaccines", he told USA lawmakers.

But the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund Kirill Dmitriev, which is financing the vaccine, likened Russia's success to the Soviet Union's launch of Sputnik 1, the world's first satellite.

However, the Russian Defence Ministry earlier clarified that tests of the vaccine against coronavirus are being conducted in full compliance with methodological regulations, with no attempts to reduce the duration of the research.

Russia's vaccine is still on its second phase, which is expected to be complete by August 3 and will take place at the same time as medical workers get vaccinated.

Russia's coronavirus taskforce said 70 people had died over the last 24 hours, pushing the official death toll in the country of around 145 million people to 14,128.

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