Foreign news agencies quoted Mikhail Murashko, Russia’s Minister of Health, as saying that the Gamaleya Institute’s research center has completed clinical trials of the vaccine and paperwork is being prepared for its registration.
Doctors and teachers would be vaccinated first before larger injections rolled out to other Russians in October, Murashko added.
Reuters, citing anonymous sources, said Russia’s first potential vaccine would be approved by regulators this month.
But the rapidity of the vaccine’s development and planned deployment have raised concerns among critics.
Anthony Fauci, the chief infectious disease officer in the United States, raised concerns on Friday about the safety of COVID-19[feminine[feminine vaccines under development by China and Russia.
When asked at a congressional hearing whether the United States could use the Chinese or Russian vaccines if they arrived in the United States first, he said, “I hope the Chinese and the Russians actually test the vaccine before giving the vaccine to anyone.
“Claims that a vaccine is ready for distribution before testing is, I think, problematic at best.
“We are going very fast. I don’t think there will be vaccines so far ahead that we will have to depend on other countries to get us vaccines. ”
But head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund Kirill Dmitriev, which finances the vaccine, compared Russia’s success to the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik 1, the world’s first satellite.
He said: “This is a Sputnik moment for a lot of people who didn’t expect Russia to be the first.
“Just as Sputnik is the result of very talented Russian scientists… our vaccine research is based on the work of great Russian scientists. ”
More than 100 possible vaccines are under development around the world in an attempt to stop the COVID-19 pandemic.
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At least four are in human trials, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Russia reported 95 more deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing its total to 14,058.
Authorities reported 5,462 new cases, bringing the total to 845,443.