NEW YORK, July 29 / TASS /. Russia aims to become the first country in the world to approve a new coronavirus vaccine, CNN said, citing Russian officials, including Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) chief Kirill Dmitriev.”Russian officials told CNN that they were working on August 10 or earlier for approval of the vaccine, which was created by the Moscow-based Gamaleya Institute,” the US broadcaster said.
“The Americans were surprised when they heard the beep from Sputnik. It’s the same with this vaccine. Russia will get there first, ”said Dmitriev. “Our scientists focused not on being first, but on protecting people. ”
The second phase of clinical trials of a coronavirus vaccine developed by the Gamalei National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology is nearing completion, the press service of the Russian Ministry of Health said on Monday. National vaccine registration will be processed once testing is complete.
Center director Alexander Gintsburg said earlier that it was planned to complete the second phase of vaccine testing by July 28. Later, the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund Kirill Dmitriyev said that the second phase will be completed on August 3, 2020.