In the COVID-19 vaccine race, Russia is all set to become the first country in the world to register a fully effective coronavirus vaccine by August 12.
According to reports, on Friday, Oleg Gridnev, Deputy Health Minister announced that the vaccine has been developed jointly by the Russian defence Ministry and Gamaleya research institute.
According to Sputnik news, at the opening of a cancer centre building in Ufa, Gridnev told reporters that at present, the final stage is underway. The trial is extremely important. We must understand that the vaccine should be safe. Medical professionals and the elderly will be the first to be vaccinated.
The minister said that the effectiveness of the vaccine will be judged after the population’s immunity is strengthened. The Russian Ministry of Defense stated that in a previous report, the final screening of candidates testing the COVID-19 vaccine, which was developed by Russia’s Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology at Gamaleya, showed immunity to all volunteers.
A few days ago, Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said that the vaccine for coronavirus treatment had completed the final phase of clinical trials and showed extensive effectiveness. He also said that the government will first vaccinate teachers and doctors in August and then launch a nationwide vaccination campaign in October.
The clinical trial of the vaccine started on June 18 and included 38 volunteers. All participants formed an immunity. The first group was released on July 15 and the second group was discharged on July 20.
Besides this, the volunteers who engaged in the second coronavirus vaccine test developed by Vektor State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology are in good health and no side effects of the vaccine are being observed. Federal Service for Surveillance on consumer rights protection and human welfare told the Russian news agency TASS.
All vaccinated candidates are in good health. After being vaccinated with the EpiVacCorona vaccine against the COVID-19 vaccine, no complications were found.