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Russia to register first Covid-19 vaccine on August 12

  • Published at 11:39 pm August 7th, 2020
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File photo: A small bottle labeled with a 'Vaccine' sticker is held near a medical syringe in front of displayed 'Coronavirus Covid-19' words in this illustration taken on April 10, 2020 Reuters

Deputy Minister of Health of the Russian Federation Oleg Gridnev made the disclosure, saying medical practitioners and the elderly people will get priority to have the vaccine

A vaccine for the novel coronavirus is scheduled to be registered on August 12 in Russia. 

This would be the first official approval of an inoculation against Covid-19 in the world, reports RT News.

Deputy Minister of Health of the Russian Federation Oleg Gridnev made the disclosure, saying medical practitioners and the elderly people will get priority to have the vaccine. 

The senior minister at the department, Mikhail Murashko, announced last week that a nationwide mass vaccination program is planned to begin in October. 

Murashko added that all expenses will be covered by the government.

“The registration of the vaccine developed at the Gamelei Center will take place on August 12,” Gridnev told journalists in Ufa on Friday morning. 

“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.”

Clinical trials of the formula began at Moscow’s Sechenov University on June 18. 

In a study involving 38 volunteers, it passed safety protocols. It was observed that all those who took part developed immunity to the infection.

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