Russia prepares mass coronavirus vaccination for October, reports show

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Russia plans to roll out mass coronavirus vaccinations from October, local news agencies reported.

Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said the Gamaleya Institute – a state research center in Moscow – has completed clinical trials of the vaccine.


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The Interfax news agency reported that paperwork is being prepared for registering the vaccine, for mass use in the fall.

Mr Murashko reportedly said that doctors and teachers would be the first to receive the vaccination.

Russian Minister of Health Mikhail Murashko. Credit: AP

Mr Murashko reportedly said: “We are planning more extensive vaccinations for October”.

A source told Reuters news agency that the country’s first potential Covid-19 vaccine would gain regulatory approval as early as August.

The speed at which Russia sets out to roll out a potential vaccine has made some wonder if Moscow is putting national prestige ahead of science and security.

According to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University, Russia has a total of 849,277 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, the fourth highest in the world.

More than 14,100 people in the country have died from respiratory illnesses.

People line up to check in at Sheremetyevo International Airport, outside Moscow. Credit: AP

More than 100 possible vaccines are under development around the world in an attempt to stop the pandemic.

At least four are in the final stages of phase III human trials – according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO) – including three developed in China and another in Britain.

Researchers at Oxford University made a breakthrough earlier this month, with a potential “safe” vaccine that “induces an immune response.”

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