Thursday, 06 August, 2020


Russian Federation plans mass vaccination against coronavirus from October

No data has been published about the vaccine which has been touted by its developers as safe and potentially the first to reach the public Russia says it is close to world’s first approval of Covid-19 vaccine
Patty Aguilar | 01 August, 2020, 17:08

"We plan wider vaccinations for October", Murashko said, adding that doctors and teachers would be the first to be vaccinated.

But the speed at which Russian Federation is rolling out its first potential COVID-19 vaccine has led critics to question whether Moscow is undermining health and safety risks at the cost of winning the race to uncover the first successful COVID-19 vaccine. The health ministry is also expecting two more vaccines to be ready soon for start tests on volunteers. "About 50 people across India were administered the vaccine and the results were encouraging", Dr Savita Verma, principal investigator of the vaccine trial team, told news agency ANI.

Separately, Russia's Interfax news agency cited "an informed source" as saying the vaccine would be registered from August 10-12 and be administered from August 15 onwards.

"The Ministry of Health in Russian Federation is following all necessary strict procedures".

Kirill Dmitriev, the head of Russia's sovereign wealth fund, which funded the vaccine research, compared the vaccine campaign to Russian Federation beating the United States in launching the first successful satellite in 1957.

A total of 79 volunteers have so far been successfully administered the first dose of indigenous Covid-19 vaccine, Covaxin, at Pt Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Science here under the first phase of its human clinical trial.

Mr Dmitriev, a close ally of President Putin, has also said that he and his family have tried the vaccine.

Last month the UK, US and Canada security services said a Russian hacking group had targeted various organisations involved in Covid-19 vaccine development, with the likely intention of stealing information. The allegations have been denied by Moscow.

SII, which has partnered with AstraZeneca for manufacturing the Oxford vaccine candidate for COVID-19, had submitted its first application to the DCGI on Friday seeking permission for conducting phase 2 and 3 trials of Covishield. At least four are in final Phase III human trials, according to World Health Organization (WHO) data, including three developed in China and another in Britain.

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