Russia targets mass vaccination against COVID-19 from October


MOSCOWRussia is preparing to launch a mass vaccination campaign against the novel coronavirus from October, the country’s health minister said on Saturday.

Vaccination will be free and doctors and teachers will be the first to be vaccinated, Mikhail Murashko told reporters.

People will be immunized with the first Russian vaccine developed by the National Research Center in Gamaleya, which is currently in the process of obtaining state registration, Murashko said.

However, clinical trials of the vaccine will continue with its production and use in order to improve it as more details emerge.

The first Russian vaccine is based on adenovirus.

Another vaccine developed by the Defense Ministry is expected to get the same “conditional registration” in September and production is expected to start in October, while two other vaccines are currently being reviewed by experts for clinical trial approval.

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