First Covid-19 vaccine To Be Registered By Russia
Amid the rising novel coronavirus cases and deaths across the world, Russia is all set to become the first country in the world to register a fully effective coronavirus vaccine.
Russia’s Deputy Health Minister Oleg Gridnev has confirmed that the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Moscow’s Gamaleya institute will be registered for use in Russia on August 12.
“The registration of the vaccine developed at the Gamelei Center will take place on August 12,” Gridnev told journalists in Ufa on Friday morning, as cited by RIA Novosti. “Now the last stage, the third, is underway. This is the testing part and is extremely important. We have to understand that the vaccine itself must be safe.”
Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova promised to start “industrial production” in September, and Murashko said mass vaccination may begin as early as October.
It remains unclear whether Phase 3 trials, said to be carried out after the COVID-19 vaccine receives “conditional approval,” will wrap up by October, when health officials plan to start mass vaccinations, and how trustworthy the results will be. The study will supposedly involve 1,600 participants — 800 for each of the two forms of the vaccine; in comparison, a similar Phase 3 trial in the U.S. includes 30,000 people.
Russia has the fourth highest number of 877,000 coronavirus case in the world only behind the USA, Brazil and India. Russia’s 14,725 fatalities is the 11th highest in the world, although when measured per capita, the death rate ranks 47th.
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