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World Russia plans mass vaccinations by October, doctors and teachers will be first, health officials said

22:44  01 august  2020
22:44  01 august  2020 Source:   foxnews.com

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Russian health officials say a potential coronavirus vaccine has finished clinical trials in a Moscow lab and there could be mass vaccinations by October.

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Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said state research facility Gamaleya Institute is one step closer to registering the vaccine, according to Interfax news agency.

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Murashko said that upon approval, the vaccine would be available first to health care workers, then teachers.

Russia’s first potential vaccine would secure local regulatory approval in August, a source told Reuters.

But the fast pace of production of the adenovirus-based vaccine-- coming just five months after COVID-19 became widespread in Russia-- has given pause to Western experts, who question the adequacy of testing for the drug.

The vaccine is essentially a common cold virus fused with the spike protein of SARS CoV-2 to prompt an immune response.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading infectious disease expert in the U.S., said he hoped that Russia, China and other international competitors racing for a vaccine were "actually testing the vaccine" before administering them to anyone.

Fauci predicts the U.S. will have a "safe and effective" vaccine by the end of this year.

"I do not believe that there will be vaccines so far ahead of us that we will have to depend on other countries to get us vaccines," he told lawmakers during a congressional hearing earlier this week.

Fauci's comments come after reports that hundreds of Russian business and political elite have been receiving shots of the Gamaleya vaccine since April.

At least four potential vaccines are in the final Phase III human trials of development, according to World Health Organization data, including three developed in China and another in Britain.

Russian Health Minister Says Mass COVID-19 Vaccination is Being Planned for October

  Russian Health Minister Says Mass COVID-19 Vaccination is Being Planned for October Mikhail Murashko said clinical trials had been completed as Russia pushes to become the first country to develop a vaccine.Mikhail Murashko has said that clinical trials had been completed at the state research facility in Moscow, the Gamaleya Institute, and that the vaccine was now being registered.

The new developments on the vaccine come weeks after security officials in the U.S., United Kingdom and Canada said Russian hackers were responsible for a cyberattack aimed at stealing information about other country's potential vaccines.

Meanwhile, Russia's coronavirus deaths continue to spike, with the country reporting 95 deaths on Saturday.

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Officials reported 5,462 new cases, raising the nation's total to 845,443. Overall, 14,058 people have died from the virus  in Russia.


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