MOSCOW – Clinical tests of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Russia’s National Center for Epidemiological and Microbiological Research “Gamalei” have been completed and the registration phase is beginning, Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko reported.
“The vaccine against the new coronavirus developed by the Gamalei center has completed clinical trials and documents are now being prepared for registration,” said Murashko, quoted by TASS.
According to the Minister of Health, doctors and teachers will be the first to receive this vaccine, and it is planned that it will be sent to the Russian regions from August 10.
“We plan to have the broader vaccination campaign, which will gradually be added to the new care system, begin in October,” he said.
The minister added that the second Russian vaccine, developed by the Véctor center, is currently in the process of clinical tests and stated that the Ministry of Health expects “in the next month and a half or two months” to receive two other requests for permission to conducting clinical trials of new vaccines.
The day before, the leading epidemiologist in the United States, Anthony Fauci, said he hopes China and Russia “are really testing” the COVID-19 vaccines they are developing “before giving them to anyone.”
Among those who want the vaccine, the AP-NORC survey found that the main reasons are protection for themselves, their families, and people in general.
Fauci made these remarks after Russian authorities indicated the upcoming approval of the new coronavirus vaccine, ahead of the United States.
Russia registers a slight improvement in the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since last July 20 the number of new infections has remained below 6,000 and this Saturday, only 95 deaths have been reported, 66 fewer than the previous day.
During the last day, 5,462 new cases were reported, 1,356 (24.8%) asymptomatic, while 8,114 patients were discharged.
Since the pandemic began, 845,443 people have fallen ill in Russia and 14,058 have died, which places it in fourth place worldwide by number of infections, surpassed by the United States, Brazil and India.
The World Health Organization clarified on Tuesday that the six-month pandemic indicates that “the season does not affect the transmission of this virus.”